Grow! Raise! Catch!: How We Get Our Food

photos by Shelley Rotner. 32p. glossary. Holiday House. Jul. 2016. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823436439; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823437207.
PreS-Gr 1—A beautifully photographed tribute to the food we eat and the people who grow and catch it. Rotner urges readers to be grateful for the work done by food producers: "We can thank our farmers and fishermen for our food. They grow the vegetables, grains and fruits; they raise the animals and catch the fish we eat." Various farmers and fishermen from around the world are then featured with the food they harvest. Readers will be excited to learn of the wide range of farmers there are, from vegetable, berry, citrus, corn, and rice to chicken, shellfish, and more. The crisp photos show the harvesters displaying their products proudly. There is an emphasis on produce grown or meat raised in responsible ways and the need for clean water, fresh air, and good soil to grow nutritious crops. It should be noted that while the pages about meat are not explicit, it is clear that animals such as cattle and pigs are raised for consumption. The bright, clear photos and the minimal text, which includes quotes from farmers and interesting facts ("Corn always has an even number of rows"), make for a simple but enjoyable reading experience.
VERDICT A good introduction to the farm-to-table movement for elementary students.

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