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The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper (Traveling Photographer) Hardcover – September 28, 2010

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Gr 2-6–Turning his lens to the rice fields of Thailand, Sobol begins this affectionate account with a description of the Royal Plowing Ceremony that kicks off the planting season and continues through cultivation and into the harvest. Brief explanations of the growing stages of rice are accompanied by beautiful color photographs of the fields in their various phases. The theme of the book is really the significant role that this grain plays in both the cultural and economic lives of the people. Those wanting an in-depth look at rice production worldwide will need to supplement this book with other titles, but Sobol offers an interesting look at a country and its people, and their relationship to the land. The writing is accessible and lively, providing a unique, specific look at one of the world's most important staples.Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Like its predecessor in the Traveling Photographer series, Breakfast in the Rain Forest (2008), this volume offers a first-person account of Sobol’s travels, illustrated with excellent color photos. After attending Bangkok’s Royal Plowing Ceremony, marking the beginning of Thailand’s rice-cultivation season, he goes to the rice fields in the province of Issan, where farmers and their families spend the growing season planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, and harvesting the grain. The text gives a personal slant to information provided on the cultivation of rice and the importance of the crop in the culture and the diet of Thailand. Still, more vivid than the writing is the photography, which offers sharp, colorful pictures of the adults and children who work and play around the rice fields. An appended page of facts about rice, a glossary, and an explanation of Thai rice holidays round out the presentation. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1200L (What's this?)
  • Series: Traveling Photographer (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076363252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763632526
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reason for Reading: I was so impressed with Sobol's photography and writing style when reading his newest book "The Mysteries of Angkor Wat" that I decided to read his entire backlist with my son and discuss the life of a photographer/photojournalist as a career option while doing so.

The author had previously been to Thailand on assignments but this time he received an official invitation to the "Royal Plowing Ceremony" from the King of Thailand and decided that while there on his own time, for a change, he would spend it on photographing the lush rice fields, which he had found fascinating on previous trips, and the role rice has on Thai society. We learn just how ingrained rice is in Thai culture as virtually all their holidays are centered around rice, it's bi products and it's growing/harvesting seasons. Rice is grown everywhere there is flat land including people's own backyards. We learn how the rich farmer will use extravagant machinery in his work while the average farmer uses the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years. Groups of neighbours get together and work each others paddies one after another to share the work and make the rice a community thing. Rice is the staple food of Thai people, paddies cover the countryside and festivals are frequent reminders of this staple of their life.

Richard Sobol has told a fascinating story as he travels the country, stopping to help work in the paddy, going to festivals and showing the daily life of small children as they accompany their families through all stages of the rice farmer from planting seeds to taking the 100 pound bags of rice to the mill where they are paid. Fantastic photography and a storytelling narrative brings this most abundant world-wide crop to life, shows us the people behind the food and the how a crop can be so essential to a country's way of life. Beautiful book!
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Very Pleasant Photo Book of life in North Thailand. It's hard work. and it shows some truly wonderful people who
actually product that rice you are eating in a Asian restaurant tonight. Don't feel BAD feel Proud !! Eat more they will make more...don't be liberal weirdos that say they are being taking advantage of...eat more buy more...

Or turn them into welfare citizens that what $ for nothing earned......yes that is better
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Much of Thailand, the world's largest exporter of rice, is covered with lush terraced rice fields that have a long history of bountiful harvests due to the rich soil. Also contributing to the plentiful harvests have been carefully constructed irrigation systems, the collective efforts of small-scale farmers and their families, and, as some believe, the blessing of the king during the Royal Plowing Ceremony.

Noted photographer and world-traveler Richard Sobol had the good fortune to receive an official gold-inscripted invitation to this ceremony, which marks the beginning of Thailand's National Celebration of Rice. His pictures and recollections from the ceremony form an interesting segment of this beautifully-illustrated and carefully-researched book about rice production and consumption in Thailand. Educators and parents seeking new materials to teach children about natural resources will value the book's international orientation, the author's first-hand observations, and the stunning photographs.
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Perfect shopping experience: The item was exactly how it was described online, the price was fair and the delivery was on time. Thank you. I'm 100% satisfied with this purchase.
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My students enjoyed the book.
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