From Peanut to Peanut Butter

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Children learn about the steps in the food-production cycle in these colorful titles. Chocolate explains how cocoa beans grow and are harvested, roasted, and made into chocolate. Peanut Butter describes the processes involved in harvesting, shelling, cooking, and crushing peanut plants to make peanut butter. In Milk, readers learn about what cows eat and how they are milked, and then how the milk is pasteurized for safe drinking. Ice Cream explains that milk is made into a mix with added flavorings to become ice cream. Each book contains a table of contents with the steps listed in the food production. Each spread is clearly organized by the introduction of a specific step and then followed by short sentences to provide additional explanations. A color photograph on the opposite page offers visual clues. Vocabulary words are in bold and are defined in a glossary at the end of each book. A perfect way for youngsters to get their first glimpse at how familiar foods are produced for consumption.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
We like peanut butter; creamy peanut butter and chunky peanut butter, too! Whether it is a yummy snack or lunch, peanut butter is nearly every kid's favorite. Who has not had peanut butter in some way, shape or form in their lives; either from a spoon, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, peanut butter and bananas, or peanut butter on apples? But how is it made? Peanuts grow underground. Farmers use a digging machine to dig them up, and a combine machine pulls them off the plant. They are taken to a shelling factory and separated by size, and the shells are removed. The peanuts are cooked in an oven, crushed, and mixed until the peanut butter is smooth. It is packed in jars, and taken to the stores. The author did a great job of using pictures and words in easy-to-read sentences, making this book a fun read. Parents and children can read it together. The child can study the pictures, while the parent reads, or they can take turns reading and looking at the pictures: either way, it is a great way to learn something new. The color layouts inside the book are vivid, and the pictures are large, taking up the whole page. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580139694
  • Publisher: Lerner Classroom
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 781,703
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

A farmer grows peanuts 4
The sun dries the peanuts 6
The peanuts are picked up 8
The peanuts are sorted 10
Machines remove the shells 12
Workers check the peanuts 14
The peanuts are cooked 16
Machines mix the peanut butter 18
The peanut butter is put into jars 20
Peanut butter makes a great snack 22
Glossary 24
Index 24
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