Where Does Food Come From?

From the Series Shelley Rotner's Early Childhood Library

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Most young children consider the local supermarket the source for their food, and quite logically so. Urban children are especially uninformed when it comes to knowing what food looks like in its natural state: that French fries start as potatoes growing underground, that bread begins as grain on stalks in wheat fields, or that maple syrup is drawn from trees. This photo essay takes a look at a variety of childhood favorites, tracing different kinds of foods back to their source in words and photographs.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2006-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 664
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level G
ATOS Reading Level 3.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 111747
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Reviewed


Children's Book Watch

“Shelly Rotner’s gorgeous color photos enhance Where Does Food Come From?, which pairs full-page color and young protagonists with insights on popcorn, lemons (a type of berry!), grape jelly and more. A very simple introduction kids will appreciate.”
Children’s Book Watch

School Library Journal

“Large print, a well-spaced text, varied typeface, simple explanations, and appealing color photos of children on every page make this book a pleasant reading experience. . . This is a book that teachers, librarians, and parents will find useful, informative, and fun to share.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“Attractive, clear, photographs of food, food sources, and children of various ethnicities, illustrate where foods come from and how some basic foods and beverages are made, such as hot cocoa, lemonade, bread, French fries, and ketchup. Brief food trivia make interesting asides.”
The Horn Book Guide

Author: Gary Goss

Author, Photographer: Shelley Rotner

Shelley Rotner is a noted freelance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic's World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning children's books. Her most recent books include Many Ways, Every Season, and Feeling Thankful. Shelley has also traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women, and education. Currently, Ms. Rotner is working on a collection of large, hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels. Shelley Rotner received her undergraduate degree in photography and psychology from Syracuse University and a dual Master's degree in elementary education and museum education from Bank Street College.