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Get kids talking about the science of food, the five food groups, and what a healthy meal looks like. Answering questions like “Why are so many vegetables green?,” “What’s the difference between brown bread and white bread?,” and “Why do beans make you gassy?,” cheerful haiku poems, and a simple Q&A format make this book a nutritious treat.

New York Times Bestseller Michael Pollan, known for his books like Omnivore’s Dilema and In Defense of Food has collaborated with illustrator Maira Kalman to create a beautiful book filled with wisdom about how to eat well. From rule 22, “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car” to rule 56 “Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored” Pollan hopes to impart wisdom outside the realm of the food industry or governmental guidelines.

FoodMASTER provides lessons that allow students to apply their math and science skills to real-world practices in the kitchen.  The teacher edition explains what teachers are responsible for throughout the class, and suggests how to space out the lesson so time is used as efficiently as possible.  The student edition provides fun classroom activities and short quizzes to ensure they are picking up on the objectives of the lesson.  These projects will have students excited about math and science once again!

A detailed guide to food and nutrition, perfect for a young audience.

Gregory is a terrible eater, he doesn’t like eating trash like the rest of the goats, but prefers fruits and vegetables. With a little bit of work, mother goat is able to set him straight.

Poor little pea struggles to eat enough candy for dinner so he can get his delicious desert of spinach.

Students become familiar with “My Plate,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition program and teaching tool. Through an exploration of whole foods, they develop an understanding of good nutrition, food groups, and well-balanced meals. They will be able to identify healthy foods and will be empowered to make good food choices.


Students become familiar with “My Plate”, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition program and teaching tool. Through an exploration of whole foods, they develop an understanding of good nutrition and well-balanced meals.

When the lunch lady, Harriet, goes on a much needed tropical vacation, the school has a hard time filling her shoes. After trying out several substitutes, the school starts to worry that Harriet will never return!  The book is told through a series of letters to Harriet on vacation.

Whether you’re a cook that gardens, a gardener that cooks, or a person that just loves fresh fruits and vegetables, you will be left motivated and hungry after thumbing through this cookbook!  Andrea Chesman, a chef that loves to garden, brings her readers 175 simple and delicious recipes that are organized according to their harvesting season.  She also makes recommendations for maintaining a well-stocked pantry, so whenever inspiration strikes, there’s no need to run out to the grocery store.  And have you ever been interested in preserving all those delicious vegetables so you can enjoy them all winter?  Well look […]