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Make Me a Peanut Butter Sandwich and a Glass of Milk

Make Me a Peanut Butter Sandwich and a Glass of Milk

by Ken Robbins

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- An exploration of the origins of a favorite all-American snack, featuring segments on milk, bread, and peanut butter, and bringing them together at the end in a supermarket shopping cart. The text is clearly written and to the point, but the illustrations are disappointing. Robbins's hand-tinted photographs, which gave the successful Tools (Four Winds, 1983; o.p.), A Flower Grows (Dial, 1990), and Bridges (Dial, 1991) a mystical, poetic quality, is a less than appetizing technique when used on food. The colors appear faded and artificial; the overall effect is old-fashioned and unappealing. The subject works better with a more realistic approach, such as the cheery watercolors of Carrick's Milk (Greenwillow, 1985), or the bold, flat prints of Gibbons's Milk Makers (Macmillan, 1985), or the colorful photographs and drawings in Turner's Milk and Bread (both Carolrhoda, 1989). Also, both Gibbons and Turner provide more detailed texts. --Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
Karen Hutt
With his signature hand-tinted photographs and concise, informative text, Robbins describes the processes that result in that standard kid fare--a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk. Taking the three main ingredients--peanuts, wheat, and milk--one at a time, he traces each from field to processing plant to grocery store. The large photos and minimal text make the book an outstanding read-aloud that may also spark questions about other favorite foods. Although some children may be put off initially by the dated appearance of the photos, the subject and spacious format will appeal to young audiences. The book is an excellent choice for whole-language activities that draw upon the familiar to present information and promote understanding

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
11.15(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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