Right This Very Minute: A Table-To-Farm Book about Food and Farming

by Lisl H. Detlefsen and Renée Kurilla

…” a grower is testing for ripeness an orange that will become orange... read more

…” a grower is testing for ripeness an orange that will become orange juice, a farmer is getting ready to plant wheat that will become flour for pancakes, a sugarmaker is changing out the buckets catching sap that will be turned into maple syrup. A book that judiciously repeats the “right this very minute” refrain explains that the food we eat throughout the day—at snack time and lunch time, dinner time and dessert—is dependent on the knowledge and hard work of the people who grow and tend and process and pack it for consumption. This lively informational picture book showcases a range of food and production, from backyard chicken coops and community gardens to beekeepers and larger- scale family farms, orchards, ranches, and groves (factory farms are noticeably absent). The importance of science in modern farming; the diverse individuals shown as both producers and consumers; and the encouragement for readers to “think like a farmer,” are additional welcome elements of this upbeat volume. (Ages 6–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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