Children's LiteratureBeginning with a description of rice's role as a global food staple, this book continues by defining what rice is and where and how it is grown. It examines the importance of rice in the New World and its relationship to the "triangular trade," the growth and the death of rice plantations, and how rice is grown now. A look at the culture of rice, including rice shrines and an old Chinese folk tale about the origin of rice, tells how people regard this food staple. The serious issues of commercial farming, the effects of rice growing on the environment, the miracles of engineering rice and its huge drawbacks are discussed. Finally the future of rice and insuring that all people have access to the food they need is considered. The well-illustrated book includes a map, a glossary, and an index. Other books in the biography series tell about bananas, chocolate, cotton, rubber, spices, and sugar. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 8 to 12.
Janet Crane Barley