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by Richard Sobal


School Library Journal:

Gr 2 – 6— Turning his lens to the rice fields of Thailand, Sobol begins this affectionate account with a description of the Royal Plowing Ceremony that kicks off the planting season and continues through cultivation and into the harvest. Brief explanations of the growing stages of rice are accompanied by beautiful color photographs of the fields in their various phases. The theme of the book is really the significant role that this grain plays in both the cultural and economic lives of the people. Those wanting an in-depth look at rice production worldwide will need to supplement this book with other titles, but Sobol offers an interesting look at a country and its people, and their relationship to the land. The writing is accessible and lively, providing a unique, specific look at one of the world’s most important staples.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA –Jody Kopple (Reviewed September 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 9, p140)


2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, Ages 9-12, Education, Non-fiction