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Nonfiction Review: My Food, Your Food, Our Food by Emma Carlson Berne

Title: My Food, Your Food, Our Food

Author: Emma Carlson Berne
Year published: 2020
Category: Children's nonfiction
Pages: 22 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)Variety of world areas

SummaryWe all like different food, but everybody needs to eat! How Are We Alike and Different? Find out in My Food, Your Food, Our Food.

Review: I am not a foodie. In fact, I came to cooking quite late in life and got more into it because of my daughter. Suffice it to say I don't have a huge collection of cookbooks and I don't pour over cookbooks the way some people do. In fact, to complete this challenge, I really had to think about what book I would read for the "food" category.

I have noticed that with the introduction of diverse casts into adult and YA novels, food is often an issue: the new kid bringing food that smells weird to everyone else, the ethnically different character's food looking different, etc. So when I saw that someone had written a book about "our food" for kids, I thought this might be a good one to read for this nonfiction challenge category.

The books shows an ethnically diverse group of four friends going on a picnic, each bringing their family's traditional foods, serving platters, and utensils. The illustrations are fun, helping to show that the people can get along as well as that their food is accepted by all of them.

The book covers where we eat, how we eat, and what we eat. There is also a song within the book including the musical score so parents and kids can sing along together.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Nonfiction--food (and this completes this challenge)

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