From School Library Journal
Grade 1–4—Gibbons offers myriad facts about corn, from the most basic to the more complex process of how kernels are actually formed. The colorful watercolors are sure to attract the attention of even the most reluctant readers. The author explains the importance of the crop to the ancient Mayans and to the Pilgrims, as well as the many products derived from it today. Various spreads are devoted to types of corn, and to planting, pollinating, and harvesting it. Colorful, often humorous pictures show an assortment of people enjoying corn in its many different forms and the equipment used to produce it. A simple, yet informative and engaging look at an important food source.—Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
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Starting historically with South American civilizations and highlighting the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, this illustrated introduction covers the various types and varieties of corn and their specific uses. Explanations and diagrams of pollination, planting, and harvesting show both backyard and industrial cultivation. A wide-ranging list of corn products and miscellaneous facts are appended. Written for a similar audience as Aliki’s Corn Is Maize (1975), this discussion includes newer products such as ethanol and biodegradable plastics that are impacting people’s lives. With her characteristic ink and watercolor illustrations and well-organized, accessible narrative, Gibbons has created another competent and useful introduction to a familiar product for primary classrooms. Grades K-3. --Linda Perkins