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Who Wants Pizza?: The Kids' Guide to the History, Science and Culture of Food Hardcover – September 7, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897349963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897349960
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,117,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Botany, zoology, chemistry, human physiology, nutrition, and other aspects of science are at the center of this highly readable photo-essay, illustrated with numerous color photos, diagrams, and sidebars on every double-page spread. Starting with a focus on pizza, the casual, interactive text discusses why the body needs vitamins, calories, salt, fats, and proteins; explains with step-by-step facts how the digestive system breaks down food and extracts the nutrients; and explores how food comes from fields to plates. Included among the covered topics are the chemistry of fertilizers and pesticides, the obesity epidemic, the technology of genetic modification, fish-farming, and fast food, providing a wide-reaching, global, and historical view. Most urgent are the environmental issues: what about world hunger problems? Can science come to the rescue with genetically modified crops and are there dangers involved? A packed page containing a glossary and list of resources closes this food-for-thought title. Grades 5-8. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"No child - nor uninformed adult, for that matter - should be able to read Who Wants Pizza? without rethinking their relationship with food."
Quill & Quire, starred review

"No doubt even adult readers will learn something from this engaging book."
ForeWord Reviews

“To truly understand the significance of what we eat, take a look at this book…Nutrition for the mind, a treat for the intellect.”
YA Books Central

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year, Juvenile Non-Fiction Category, Finalist 2010

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan on December 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I flipped through the book in the library, and the information seemed good. In fact, it seemed much more useful than books made for adults on how food in the world today is produced. If you want information "Who Wants Pizza" will probably teach you something, kid or adult.

The reason I'm giving the book only three stars is the photographs. I found the pictures of raw food and dead animals to be nauseating. The worst, for me, was the picture of the bloody chicken head with the axe still next to it.

Just be warned if you plan of giving this book to squeamish kids.
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Interesting facts on how to eat healthy when you are making a pizza. All kind of healthy vegetables or fruits can be added to your pizza.
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