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Gr 1-4-From an American cafeteria to a refugee camp in Kenya, there's a consistent format to almost every spread, which features a meal from a specific city: story/origin of the lunch on the left, color photograph on the right. These simple visuals, like the single scoop of lentils served on a sheet of notebook paper in Lucknow, India, speak volumes. Though not in-depth, the explanations and diagrammed facts surrounding the pictures can provide many points of discussion about cultural differences, poverty, nutrition, world hunger, and activism.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Andrea Curtis won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for her book Into the Blue: Family Secrets and The Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck. She has contributed to various journals and newspapers including The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, Utne Reader and Today's Parent. This is her first work for younger readers.
Andrea lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Red Deer Press (October 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889954828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889954823
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on June 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
The brightly illustrated book, "What's for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World," opens the reader's heart and mind to what it means to understand world's culture through school lunches.

The photo of Japanese lunch with a brimming plastic tray of fish, pickled cucumbers, miso soup, rice, and an orange slice is followed by the sobering meal in Lucknow, India, with a scoop of dal (peas and lentils) served on a piece of notebook paper. In Russia, the colorful and hearty meat and kasha with a slice of bread, a bowl of borsht, and a fruit drink called compote, contrasts with the soulless slice of pizza, canned corn and fruit cocktail, complete with a dreary carton of chocolate milk served in Roswell, New Mexico. Yvonne Duivenvoorden has done a masterful job in presenting vivid photos of the lunches.

This slender book of forty pages calls for discussion. The photographs alone will trigger comments among young students and adults. The commentary by Andrea Curtis adds insight into why each country prepares a unique student lunch.

If you are an elementary teacher or a teacher of social sciences, this book should be a staple in your classroom. Try asking your students a simple question: Which lunch would you like to eat every day and why? Then sit back and listen. In a complex world, there won't be any simple answers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Forte on July 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
"What's for Lunch?” is a unique mentor text that sheds light on the way different cultures around the world prepares and serves food for schoolchildren. Andrea Curtis, an International Bestselling Author and editor takes educators and students on a full scale food tour of various countries, examining what students eat for lunch. As a teacher, I thought this informative text was interesting as each country begins with a distinct story followed by various statistics of that particular country’s food industry. The author caps off each chapter with appealing facts and colourful illustrations of a traditional lunch dish that students around the world consume on a typical day. The book also includes a table of contents for finding specific information as well as a message to parents, teachers and students that deals with the power of food and the important role we all play in the international food system. A glossary of food terms completes the book.

As previously stated, “What’s for Lunch?” is a nonfiction text that can really open the eyes of young students in terms of eating habits, life styles and lessons followed by fellow children around the world. Asking questions and visualizing are important reading strategies that can be strengthened via this book. The title alone will stir up plenty of questions and discussion that will have the students comparing and contrasting different ways of life while opening them up to new opportunities they may never have thought they would experience.
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Great photos and lots of info about what kids around the world eat for lunch. Great addition to school and classroom libraries.
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