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What the World Eats
Contributor(s): D'Aluisio, Faith (Author), Menzel, Peter (Photographer)

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ISBN: 1582462461     ISBN-13: 9781582462462
Publisher: Tricycle Press
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: August 2008

Annotation: Every day, millions of families around the world gatherat the table or on the floor, in a house or outdoorsto eat together. Ever wondered what a typical meal is like on the other side of the world? Or next door? Cultural geographers Peter Menzel and Faith DAluisio visited twenty-five families in twenty-one countries to create this fascinating look at what people around the world eat in a week. Meet a family that spends long hours hunting for seal and fish together; a family that raises and eats guinea pigs; a family that drinks six gallons of Coca-Cola a week.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Cooking & Food
- Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places - General
Dewey: 641.300
LCCN: 2007041439
Age Level: 6-9
Grade Level: 1-4
Lexile Measure: 1150(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 11.25" W x 9.8" (2.23 lbs) 160 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Multicultural
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Ikids, Illustrated, Index, Maps, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended, Ten to Fourteen, 2009
Review Citations: School Library Journal 07/01/2008 pg. 111
Kirkus Review - Children 07/15/2008 pg. 747
Booklist 07/01/2008 pg. 65
Publishers Weekly 09/01/2008 pg. 55
Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/03/2008 pg. 34
New York Times Book Review 11/09/2008 pg. 42
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2009
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2008 pg. 36
Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/2009 pg. 14
Multicultural Review 03/01/2009 pg. 76
ALA Best Books Young Adults 03/15/2009 pg. 8
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2009 pg. 161 - Recommended, Satisfactory
Foreword 06/16/2008
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Publisher Description:
Sitting down to a daily family meal has long been a tradition for billions of people. But in every corner of the world this age-old custom is rapidly changing. From increased trade between countries to the expansion of global food corporations like Kraft and Nestl , current events are having a tremendous impact on our eating habits. Chances are your supermarket is stocking a variety of international foods, and American fast food chains like McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken are popping up all over the planet.

For the first time in history, more people are overfed than underfed. And while some people still have barely enough to eat, others overeat to the point of illness. To find out how mealtime is changing in real homes, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio visited families around the world to observe and photograph what they eat during the course of one week. They joined parents while they shopped at mega grocery stores and outdoor markets, and participated in a feast where a single goat was shared among many families. They watched moms making dinner in kitchens and over cooking fires, and they sat down to eat with twenty-five families in twenty-one countries--if you're keeping track, that's about 525 meals

The foods dished up ranged from hunted seal and spit-roasted guinea pig to U.N.-rationed grains and gallons of Coca-Cola. As Peter and Faith ate and talked with families, they learned firsthand about food consumption around the world and its corresponding causes and effects. The resulting family portraits offer a fascinating glimpse into the cultural similarities and differences served on dinner plates around the globe.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read-Aloud Informational Texts) in Appendix B.

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