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
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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