Children's Literature - Uma KrishnaswamiNovember brings cooler weather, falling leaves, anticipation of changing seasonal rhythms. November brings that "fruit of the bog," the cranberry, without which feasts on tables across the country would surely be incomplete. But did you know that cranberries also had many medicinal uses in years gone by? Or that the name the Algonquin people gave the cranberry was ibimi, (ih-bih-mee) or "bitter berry"? Burns' book is informative and the photographs complement the text.
School Library JournalGr 3-6-Children won't ever think of cranberries in the same way after reading this book. Beginning with a short history of ibimi and their importance to the Algonquin people and Native Americans today, Burns discusses the cranberry's growth cycle and the commercial processes used to produce them. The story of the plant's cycle is told through a visit with two Wisconsin families. Readers see the bogs being planted, the plants blossoming and fruiting, and the harvest, as well as learn about the labor and technology that is necessary to insure that large numbers of plump, deep-crimson berries are produced for the expanding market. The bright, well-chosen, full-color photographs and black-and-white reproductions enhance the clear, informative text. A solid biology lesson as well as a vivid picture of the hard work and planning that goes into producing successful crops in the '90s.-Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA
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