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A clear, informative introduction to eight groups of vegetables, categorized by the part of the plant that is eaten. For each group, Gibbons includes an illustration of one representative veggie as it grows in a garden. The rest of the page includes illustrations of related plants. For example, readers see green beans on a plant but discover other seed vegetables such as peas, lima beans, and corn. Small insets show people harvesting or eating the crops. The author offers basic suggestions for starting a garden and shows how produce goes from large farms to processing plants and grocery stores. No matter if readers find their vegetables in their backyards, in the grocery store, or at a farmers market, they will have a better understanding of the origins of these vital foods. Familiar paneled illustrations and accessible text combine to present a simple, effective approach to the topic.
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