CBR15Passport Different genres (non-fiction/Sustainable agriculture for children)There is nothing like not being in the mood to read or to read the book you have in front of you. It colors your feelings about the book, to say the least, but it also makes an overall unsatisfying experience. I always feel like I have missed something when this happens. And I had a moment like that with Food for the Future: Sustainable Farms Around the World. I read it online as an Edelweiss reader copy. That means (for at least me) that it is a must have in hand for full enjoyment. I think to appreciate the work of Mia Wenjen one needs to get down and dirty. You need the papercuts, the smell of paper and ink, and the feel of something solid in your hands. Otherwise, I feel you have lost something important with only an online reading.
This picture book might be the closest some people would get to the experience of creating, making, and growing food. But it hopes to inspire us to do what we can in this journey. We follow “eco-friendly farms around the globe” (from publisher text) in a simplified manner, but all that is needed is there. The different foods and places presented are introductions to the world of food. We travel from urban gardens to Singapore and more. What I call, “info side boxes” pop up to help define vocabulary. Little pieces like that allow this to be accessible to all ages, and to grow with the child.
The art of Robert Sae-Heng is fun, but not necessarily for everyone. It is an experience book and that includes the art. You find what you need at the time of reading, but second reads are recommended. The colors are good, strong images, and the details work to not be too busy, but the layout of text and art can be a little crowded at times.
I want to find the final product but must wait until mid-late May 2023. I know that this is a great book for today’s reader, school classrooms, and libraries but first read was not a complete success for me.