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Old Mikamba Had a Farm

Rachel Isadora (2013), 40 pages
Illustrated by Rachel Isadora
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Animal, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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We all know the animals and sounds of Old McDonald's farm, but what about Old Mikamba's African farm? This book stays true to the well-known tune using animals found on the African savanna, giving names and sounds to elephants, warthogs, and giraffes! Sing along and expand your animal sound arsenal with Old Mikamba!
Reviewed by: BIS
Date read: 2/6/2015
ISBN-10: 0399257403
ISBN-13: 9780399257407
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Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

Michael Pollan (2009), 352 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? I mean really comes from? Michael Pollan plans four different meals and researches the origins of the food that he eats. First, he visits industrial farms where corn is raised. This is not the sweet corn you eat off the cob, but the kind that is processed into High Fructose Corn Syrup, cattle feed and even gas for your car. He then follows the trail through feedlots and slaughterhouses (he wasn't allowed to visit these) until he finally shares a meal with his family at the local McDonald's. He then repeats the process with mass produced 'organic' foods, ending with a microwave meal purchased at a Whole Foods store. He works for a week at a small family farm that uses natural, organic practices to produce grass fed beef and chicken. Finally, he hunts and gathers his own food with the help of experts in hunting and mushroom hunting. This in an interesting look at what our food has to go through to get to our plates. It examines the cost of food, both in dollars and cents and in the impact it has on our economy, our environment and our health.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 11/1/2014
ISBN-10: 0803734158
ISBN-13: 9780803734159
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One Giant Leap

Robert Burleigh (2009), 40 pages
Illustrated by Mike Wimmer
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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'July 20, 1969. For one miraculous moment, the playfulness of nursery rhymes, the fantasy of science fiction, and the reality of true science were joined.' What was that moment? It was when humans first landed on the moon. Wonderful, full-page paintings accompany this account of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins' historic mission. Read along and experience both the joy and the uncertainty of this incredible first- going to the moon.
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 4/24/2010
ISBN-13: 9780399238833
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One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Miranda Paul (2015), 32 pages
Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Multicultural, Nonfiction
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What happens when plastic bags that are useful, colorful, and make life so much easier become a source of smelly and dangerous trash? Isatou Ceesay, who lives in a little village in Gambia, observed that many villagers would discard their plastic bags along the road when they were torn or were no longer needed. These bags began to fill the streets. The roadsides became piles of smelly, disease-infested plastic bags. Many animals in the village would eat the bags and would get very sick. With a little imagination and help from her friends, Isatou found a way to crochet the useless bags into beautiful handbags to sell in the market place. Through her inspiration, people all over the world are now recycling old discarded bags and transforming them into beautiful things. Isatou and the recycling women of the Gambia remind us all that we are all stewards of the earth and are entrusted with its care.
Similar authors: Karen Romano Young ; Marne Ventura
Similar books: Junkyard Science-20 Projects & Experiments about Junk ; Edgebooks: Imagine it, Build it
Awards nominated: Monarch Award
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/18/2017
ISBN-13: 9781467716086
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One Tiny Turtle

Nicola Davies (2001), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Picture Books
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'One Tiny Turtle' by Nicola Davies is a beautifully versed and illustrated book describing the life cycle of the Loggerhead Turtle. The majority of this book is written in a large font for easy reading for the beginning reader. However, the author includes additional information in a wave-like script at the bottom of the page for the reader who wants to learn more. Each page of this text takes you all over the world on an adventure with this amazing creature of the seas.
Similar books: Sea Turtles by Vicky Franchino; A Place for Turtles by Melissa Stewart; Maya and the Turtles by Soma Han Stickler;
Reviewed by: mbottger
Date read: 7/17/2013
ISBN-10: 0763615498
ISBN-13: 9780763615499
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