It’s almost Thanksgiving time. A time in which most of us indulge in lot’s of food, and we try to be thankful for it. No better book than this one ! It’s perfect for young readers, with large pictures and short and to the point explanations ! A beautiful read before Thanksgiving indeed !
But here is my Kiddo’s review 😉
Before We Eat is a picture book about the journey of food from the farm to our table. The book shows all the different steps of growing food, plowing, sowing seeds, watering, and weeding. At harvest time, the farmers pick the produce, even in harsh weather. It also tells the journey of dairy products, how pigs get fed, how eggs are collected, and even how commercial fishing is done. From wheat farming to honeybees, all these are described in beautiful yet easy to understand ways.
Explanations and illustrations continue the journey of food through the warehouses, the truck drivers, the grocery workers, and the people in our families who finally bring the groceries home. At the end of the book, it shows a family giving thanks to those hard workers all over the world.
I really liked this book because it shows how foods get into our kitchens. The pictures were unique, and if you look in the back of the book, you can read how the illustrator made these by carving images on wooden blocks backward, then painting them and using them like a stamp. I also liked the info on how to plant a garden–it happens to be one of my favorite activities. I would recommend this book to anyone four and up as a great read-aloud.