"Well-organized, accessible narrative."
Cornby Gail Gibbons
Perennial nonfiction favourite Gail Gibbons turns her spotlight on corn. Popcorn, corn on the cob, corn dogs, cornflakes--corn is used in many children's favorite foods. This book offers a cornucopia of information about the history of corn as well as details concerning planting, cultivation, harvesting, and its many uses.
Gibbons offers myriad facts about corn, from the most basic to the more complex process of how kernels are actually formed. The colorful watercolors are sure to attract the attention of even the most reluctant readers. The author explains the importance of the crop to the ancient Mayans and to the Pilgrims, as well as the many products derived from it today. Various spreads are devoted to types of corn, and to planting, pollinating, and harvesting it. Colorful, often humorous pictures show an assortment of people enjoying corn in its many different forms and the equipment used to produce it. A simple, yet informative and engaging look at an important food source.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
Corn must be on preschool curricula, along with pumpkins, apples and harvest time: There's no other reason for this book, an adequate but unspectacular volume covering the history of corn (Indians, both South American and North American, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving—the standard story), types of corn and the different ways corn is used and grown. Of particular interest are the spreads which contrast small farming with factory farming, from planting to harvesting. The primary text is characteristically simple, with insets providing more concentrated information, but said information is scattershot. An excellent sidebar explains how popcorn pops, but there is no satisfactory explanation of how exactly flint corn differs from dent corn and why each is suited to its specific uses. The whole reads like an encyclopedia article, without story or rhythm, and the illustrations don't capitalize enough on what could be the cool parts—like combine machines, detasseling or ethanol (which is relegated to a teeny thumbnail at the end). Ho-hum. (Informational picture book. 5-8)
- Holiday House, Inc.
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Meet the Author
Whether she's in her solar house in Corinth, Vermont, or in her summer home on an island off the cost of Maine, Gail Gibbons lives surrounded by nature. It is her curiosity for how nature works that has led her into such a successful career as a children's book author and illustrator. Before creating chilren's books, she worked for NBC television. She has published fity titles with Holiday House. Visit her on the Web at www.gailgibbons.com.
Whether she's in her solar house in Corinth, Vermont, or in her summer home on an island off the coast of Maine, Gail Gibbons lives surrounded by nature. It is her curiosity for how nature works that has led her into such a successful career as a children's book author and illustrator. Before creating children's books, she worked for NBC television. She has published fifty titles with Holiday House. Visit her on the Web at www.gailgibbons.com.
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