Last year we planted a garden and it was a great experience for my children to learn about where food comes from before it makes it to our plates. They know the basics like oranges grow on trees or pumpkins grow in a patch. They helped me make bread so they know what’s involved there. The world of food just got a whole lot more interesting thanks to How Did That Get in My Lunchbox by Chirss Butterworth. It has my children asking questions!
Take a journey with this book and learn about how bread is made., where cheese comes from with a challenge to put some on your tongue and feel it tingle! There’s a section on chocolate that had The Divine Miss M surprised!
While the book is geared for children ages 4-8, I confess I found it interesting as well. While I understood the process for many foods, I loved Butterworth’s simplistic explanation. He starts with bread being a grain or cheese being dairy. It’s enough to have an understanding, and for my children, sparked many questions and had them analyzing their dinner!
Lucia Gaggiotti’s illustrations are wonderful. They remind me of cartoons from my childhood. My kiddos loved following along with the characters and I found the incorporation of text in the illustrations a nice touch in making the process seem to come to life.
The Divine Miss M is starting to learn about the food Pyramid and found the ending of the book interesting. It shows what should be included in our diet as well as a simple diagram of how much in proportion to our plate. It was a far better approach than two of this or “X” amount. She understands her plate.
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