Do you want to give your children some "food for thought" as they
explore the history and science of what we eat? Then check out
this great resource written by Kathleen M. Reilly and published
by Nomad Press. As part of the "Build It Yourself" series and geared
to readers ages nine and up, Food: 25 Amazing Projects is
just the kind of resource that homeschoolers will enjoy!
This 124-page softcover book contains the following sections:
Introduction: Feeling Hungry?
Chapter One: Picking the First
Chapter Two: Farming, Past and Present
Chapter Three: Food & Cultures
Chapter Four: I Want It! Food
Chapter Five: Food Packaging
Chapter Six: Food Safety
Chapter Seven: Traditions and Celebrations
Chapter Eight: Food
Chapter Nine: Nutrition
Chapter Ten: "Meat" Me At The Veggie Stand
Chapter Eleven: Backyard
Chapter Twelve: You're Eating
Chapter Thirteen: The Future
Each section contains fascinating historical
and scientific information on the chapter topic, "Did You Know?" trivia
boxes, Words to Know, and one to four activities and experiments.
This book is amazingly comprehensive, and I was astounded by
the amount of information and fun (and educational) stuff the
My favorite chapter was the one entitled "Food Across Time." I
thought the experiments for making Civil War hardtack and pemmican
were very interesting, and I can definitely see how this book could
be a great complement for several historical/time period studies!
It is also a wonderful study by itself, as it shows readers how
food has played a vital part in the development of our cultural
roles and how nutritional studies have evolved and developed over
To find out more about this resource, go to www.nomadpress.net.
You can read reviews, download an activity and a press kit, find
links to other websites containing pertinent information about
several of the chapters, and learn about other books in the series.
The cost for Food: 25 Amazing Projects is $15.95, and
I think this is a very fair price for what you get. A highly recommended