Book Review: Thank a Farmer by Maria Gianferrari

Posted June 21, 2024 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Children's Books / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Thank a Farmer by Maria GianferrariThank a Farmer by Maria Gianferrari
Illustrator: Monica Mikai
Published by WW Norton on September 5, 2023
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction / Cooking & Food, Juvenile Nonfiction / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants, Juvenile Nonfiction / Technology / Agriculture
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher at the NCTE Convention
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Infused with jubilance and warmth, this luminous, lyrical picture book celebrates the people and the work that put food on our tables.

Bread, milk, wool, fruits, and vegetables: things that fill our day to day lives. But where, and who, do they come from? Across wheat fields and city rooftop gardens, mushroom beds and maple forests, Thank a Farmer traces the food and clothing that a family uses back to the people who harvested and created them.

With Maria Gianferrari’s informed and poetic text and monumental artwork from Monica Mikai, Thank a Farmer gently emphasizes the importance of agriculture in our day-to-day lives and reminds readers to give thanks to farmworkers around the world.

Farmer’s Market season has begun! If you plan on taking your kids with you to pick up some local produce this summer, then you definitely want to check out this new book, Thank a Farmer by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Monica Mikai. 

This book helps kids make connections between what they eat, how it’s produced and where it comes from. From dairy to veggies to clothing, the harvest process is described for common items we consume and use that come from farmers. It’s a journey of visiting different types of farms so that kids understand how items get from the farm and into their hands. It features products that we often may not even associate with farming. 

I loved the illustrations and there are lots of depictions of diversity from the farms to the consumers. This book would be a great addition to a unit on food. Discuss with young readers their ideas on how things get from the farm to the table. The index at the back provides additional information on the different farming and harvesting processes as well. 

Next time you go to a farmer’s market, Thank a farmer!

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