Title: First Peas to the Table
Author: Susan Grigsby
Illustrator: Nicole Tadgell
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Concepts: natural resources, innovation, incentives, agricultural economics.
Review: Ms. Garcia has challenged her students to grow peas in small garden plots at school, with the first student to fill a bowl with shelled peas winning a beautiful green crown. Both Maya and Shakayla really want to win the pea race, so they turn to their history books to learn about Thomas Jefferson's methods for testing which seeds and plants would grow best.
Couched in a modern-day classroom tale, this picture book teaches children about Thomas Jefferson's innovations in farming methods and contributions to agricultural production. With a growing number of families becoming more cognizant of the health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, the book can help children better understand the feasibility of starting their own small gardens.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children