Lunch Lady Science: Understanding the Food That Goes in Your Body

Overview

What does science have to do with the lunch lady? A lot! For starters, you'll find out how food is created and how it gets to your school's kitchen. Then you'll discover how food is cooked, including how the tools that make it were invented. And, in the end, you'll see how food travels from your plate right through you.

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Overview

What does science have to do with the lunch lady? A lot! For starters, you'll find out how food is created and how it gets to your school's kitchen. Then you'll discover how food is cooked, including how the tools that make it were invented. And, in the end, you'll see how food travels from your plate right through you.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Stille pulls out all of the stops in an attempt to make nutrition interesting to tweens and early teens. Appealing photographs of "cool" kids, eye-catching headlines, lots of fun facts, and a wide variety of topics and activities should catch just about everyone's attention. Readers will learn the basics about nutrition, how the body processes foods, how to choose a healthy diet and how food is grown and processed. Along the way they will also find some interesting experiments and activities including how to make glue from milk and the trick of making invisible ink. The directions for each activity are thoroughly explained with photographs and clearly numbered steps. There are many opportunities to pick up new vocabulary and science concepts as dozens of related topics such as emulsions, colloids, and radiant heat pop up throughout the lively narrative and are explained briefly but adequately with sidebars, photographs and charts. While readers will find this an interesting "fun read", most will not find it a useful reference. The chapter titles, such as "How Old is This Pickle" and "If It Jiggles, Is It Jell-O" will catch their attention, but aren't helpful when you're searching for a specific topic. A glance at the index reveals multiple non-sequential page references for each topic, reinforcing the fact that the book isn't organized by topics. However, a glossary, additional suggested reading and a link to Internet information might lead the reader on to more research when their interest has been aroused. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756545024
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Everyday Science
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PWB Biography

Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene lives and writes in Michigan.

CPB Biography
Darlene R. Stille is a science writer and author of more than 80 books for young people. When she was in high school, she fell in love with science. While attending the University of Illinois, she discovered that she also loved writing. She was fortunate enough to find a career as an editor and writer that allowed her to combine both of her interests. Darlene Stille now lives and writes in Michigan.
Darlene R. Stille is the award-winning author of more than 80 books for young people, including collections of biographies. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where she discovered her love of writing. She now lives and writes in Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Why Not Pizza and Fries Every Day? 4

Chapter 2 Is Ketchup a Vegetable? 12

Chapter 3 If It Jiggles, Is It Jello? 24

Chapter 4 Why Is That Chicken Gray? 32

Chapter 5 Where Did This Stuff Come From? 42

Chapter 6 How Old Is This Pickle? 48

Chapter 7 When I Swallow, Where Does It Go? 56

Glossary 62

Additional Resources 63

Index 64

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