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Children's LiteratureA "First Facts" book in the "From Farm to Table" series, this book appeals to a wide reading audience with fresh information, clear harvest and production processes explanations, and well chosen photographs. From orange trees and pickers to a packing house, readers see the journey oranges take before reaching the juice factory. Interesting aerial photos show the size of these long trucks as they dump their loads. The photos of the machinery that extracts the juice are less clear, leaving readers to wonder if oranges are sliced, smashed, or whirred. Concentrates are explained, juices placed in cartons are pictured, and a child and her mother are shown in front of a commercial grocery display featuring several brands of orange juice. A mention of a French festival where people make statues of oranges and lemons, and directions for making orange juice Popsicles, a glossary, three recommended other books, index, and a hosted Internet site are included. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.