Academic journal article Language Arts

Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems

Academic journal article Language Arts

Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems

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Our Food: A Healthy Serving of Science and Poems Written by Grace Lin and Ranida T. McKneally Illustrated by Grace Zong Charlesbridge, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-1-58089-590-3

"It's hard to believe: / They say tomatoes are fruits. / Not for my dessert!" Such are the musings and inquiries of the collection of poetry by awardwinning author Grace Lin. Written as haiku, these poems assume a childlike wonder, earnestness, and humor about the foods we consume. While the poems are engaging enough, the answers to these inquiries, provided in consultation with science editor and writer Ranida T. McKneally, are located alongside them on the facing page. For example, the haiku about tomatoes is accompanied with some informational paragraphs answering the question, "What's the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?" While the haiku strike a fitting balance between clarity, creativity, and humor, the accompanying prose is straightforward and engaging. …

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