Satisfy kids' curiosity about everyday items—January 10, 2014
When we need something, we go to the store and purchase it. It’s easy to take that for granted. But do your children ever ask where these items come from and how they get to the store for us to buy? There are some books in the library that can help to explain this to children.
One series is called “Start to Finish.” These books are written on a very simple level and are illustrated with color photographs. “From Wheat to Bread” by Stacy Taus-Bolstad follows the process from the farmer planting wheat through all the steps until the bread is ready to eat. “From Cotton to T-Shirt” by Robin Nelson explains how cotton is grown and processed to make the shirts we wear. “From Oil to Gas” by Shannon Zemlicka begins with workers searching for oil and follows through the drilling and transporting of the oil to the production of gasoline for our cars.
Another series is called “Before the Store,” and follows a similar format at a slightly more difficult reading level. Some of the titles deal with food items, such as peanut butter, bread, ice cream, orange juice and soda pop. Other titles in the series deal with clothing such as blue jeans and shoes, and with items we use like pencils, bicycles, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Neil Curtis and Peter Greenland have written a series called “I Wonder,” and the titles in this series are “How Bread Is Made,” “How Paper Is Made,” “How Steel Is Made,” and “How Tires Are Made.”
The “Changes” series includes titles such as “From Wax to Crayon,” “From Cow to Ice Cream,” and “From Wheat to Pasta.” “From Mud to House” covers the process of making bricks and “From Metal to Music” explains how brass musical instruments are made. Especially interesting is the title “From Rock to Fireworks,” which traces the process of making fireworks from mining the minerals to manufacturing the shells.
Other individual titles available include “How a Book Is Made” by Aliki, “How Coins and Bills Are Made” by Jason Cooper, and “Skateboard Design and Construction: How Your Board Gets Built” by Justin Hocking. Or look for “My First Book of How Things Are Made” by George Jones, which includes such things as grape jelly, footballs, blue jeans and guitars.
Curious about the things we use every day? Look for these books in the children’s department of the library and satisfy your curiosity!