Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Let's Eat (review)

Beatrice Hollyer. Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World. New York: Henry Holt, 2003. 41pp. Grades 3rd-5th.

Open this book and explore the eating habits of five different children in five different countries. In South Africa, you will gather firewood and weed the garden with Thembe then join the family for a traditional wedding. In Mexico, you will follow Luis as he tries to lasso a ewe and travel to the big city for Fiesta. Thailand comes alive as AA takes us to the market in the morning and we watch her poach quail eggs. With Jordan we truffle hunt and make chocolate cake without a recipe in France. The final country is India where we follow Yamini to school and the market then celebrate her birthday. The author provides a recipe per country and food glossary for the more exotic items. Unfortunately a pronunciation guide is not provided. This colorful picture book is perfect for geography studies. Just think of the fun you will have trying to make these delicious treats with little cooks.

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