Thanksgiving Eve seems a perfect day to feature poems about food.
I was talking with a group of fourth graders this week about how poetry helps us see the world in whole new ways, and about how we read a poem, and then can never look at that object again, without thinking of that poem. I wish I had read FRESH DELICIOUS: POEMS FROM THE FARMERS' MARKET by Irene Latham, illustrated by Mique Moruchi, before I had taught this lesson. Fresh delicious includes twenty-one poems, including some that children will know- tomato, cucumbers, lettuce, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, potatoes, eggs and some they might not-purple hull peas, basil, okra, and don't miss pole beans on the back cover from the Farmers' Market. A jillion surprising and really wonderful comparisons…
- Irene Latham
in a wicker
- Irene Latham
Mique Moriuchi's collage illustrations, featuring a variety of animals visiting the farmers' market and interacting with the produce are perfect- bright, playful, and colorful. A bonus section includes recipes- salsa, fruit kebabs, lettuce wraps, and cheesy confetti frittata, mini veggie pizzas, and easy strawberry ice cream.
Another food/poetry book I read this week is OUR FOOD: A HEALTHY SERVING OF SCIENCE AND POEMS, is by a favorite author, Grace Lin, and her friend, Ranida T. McKneally. OUR FOOD features haiku from five food groups- protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy.
I've always wondered
Do brown chickens lay brown eggs?
My thoughts are scrambled.
Almonds are "good fats"?Each haiku is accompanied by a rich informative piece. Some are basic what you might expect to find in a book about food-
Do they fight crime in disguise?
Seems nutty to me
- What is a fruit?
- Why do I have to eat my vegetables?
- What are protein foods?
Some take the reader a little deeper:
- Why are so many vegetables green?
- Why are lean meats healthier than fatty meats?
- What is the difference between brown bread and white bread?
Still others are downright fun:
- What makes popcorn pop?
- Why do beans make you gassy?
- Why are some cheeses so stinky?
End pages include a few additional questions, a diagram of the four food groups, and a glossary. A terrific poetry/science crossover!
I enjoyed Fresh! Delicious a lot, and still haven't read Our Food, but will! Glad to read your reviews here, Carol.Happy Thanksgiving!
Perfect and timely this week, Carol - thanks for sharing both! (I've been a fan of Irene's yummy book since before it was fully cooked. ;0) )
I purchased copies of Fresh Delicious for both grandsons and got them autographed during Irene's visit. I was so taken with the poems that I didn't pay much attention to the illustrations which are delightful! I'll request the other book (new to me). Hope you're enjoying some downtime during this holiday weekend.
Wonderful review! And, a great book, gift for loved ones, treat for the eyes.
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