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EconKids Home New Picture Books in 2011 (First Word A-I) How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food / by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food / by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti

 

 

 

Title:  How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food     
Author: Chris Butterworth
Illustrator:  Lucia Gaggiotti
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5005-6
Year: 2011

Concepts: producers, consumers, natural resources, human resources, capital resources

Review: Young children may take the contents of their lunchboxes for granted, but quite some activity went into producing those food items and beverages.  The sandwich bread had its beginnings in a wheat field, the cheese filling came from a dairy that transformed cow’s milk into curds, the apple juice box had its origins at an apple orchard, and the chocolate chip cookie would not have its chips were it not for the cocoa beans grown abroad.

This brightly illustrated book offers a lively opportunity to introduce children to the concepts of natural, capital, and human resources, often among the first set of economics concepts that children are expected to learn in the primary grades.  Children can relate firsthand to these ideas when they think about the roles of farms, food processing facilities, and transportation networks in producing their lunchbox foods.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

 

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