Biography of Corn

Biography of Corn

by L. Michelle Nielsen

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Children's Literature
Part of the �How Did That Get Here?� series which includes titles from bananas and chocolate to wheat and vanilla, this handsome 32-page book is chock full of color photographs that enhance and expand the text, giving it reach way beyond the middle-grade reader who is its target audience. Chapters are short and focus on the following topics: �What is Corn?� (includes a brief discussion of ethanol), �Corn Lands� (who knew Indonesia was a major corn exporter?), �A Grassy Beginning� (how Maya, Inca and Aztecs grew and prepared corn), �To the Americas� (includes a sidebar on The Three Sisters); �Spread Through Europe� (including corn as a factor in the slave trade), �Growing and Harvesting� (emphasizes combines, grain elevators and factory treatments of corn products), �The Corn Business� (includes a brief discussion of the Kellogg company and popcorn), �New and Improved� (includes genetically modified strains), �Corn Made� (discusses uses of corn products), �Weather, Diseases and Pests� (includes suitably gross pictures of smut and galls), and �Feeding the World.� Includes a brief glossary and an index. The content of the book is appropriate for middle school and high school, and it certainly does not speak down to young adults in agricultural studies, although older readers may skip this title--and perhaps even the whole series--as being �too babyish.� The discussion of genetically modified strains is certainly not anti-GMO. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer

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Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
How Did That Get Here? Series
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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