Before We Eat: From Farm to Table

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$17.95  $16.69
Tilbury House Publishers
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9.2 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Pat Brisson is the author of 20 books for young readers, including The Summer My Father Was Ten and Sometimes We Were Brave, Tummy Time Friends, and Common Critters. A graduate of Rutgers University, she is a former elementary school teacher, school librarian, and public-library reference librarian. Pat lives in New Jersey with her husband.
Artist Mary Azarian is the Caldecott-Medal winning illustrator of Snowflake Bentley, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (1999, Houghton Mifflin). She created the pictures for Before We Eat by first carving the pictures in wood (in reverse!) and then printing them with ink onto paper before adding the color with watercolor paints. She lives and creates her art on a hilltop farm in Vermont.


A simple poem thanking the people who grow, transport, sell and prepare our food is transformed by Azarian's bright woodcuts... A warm celebration of both small farms and the idea that it takes a village to feed a child. (Picture book. 2-6)
This eye- and ear-catching read-aloud makes a wonderful discussion-starter for exploring how food is produced, acquired, and appreciated.
An irresistible tapestry.
With beguiling illustrations and a lovely spare text, this book will inspire conversations with young children about the origins of their food and start them on the path to being careful stewards of the environment.--Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D., Co-founder, The Family Dinner Project, Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School
Cultivating an attitude of gratitude as a healthy thing to do. In recent years much has been published about the numerous benefits of being grateful. The article on gratefulness says that gratitude reduces stress and boosts the immune system, both of which improve quality of life all the way around. ...The book is a thoughtful examination of where food comes from-- that is before is gets to the grocery store. ...Pages show people engaged in every manner of food production: plowing, planting, harvesting, milking, egg gathering, packing and weighing crates, driving delivery trucks and cashiering at the grocery store. It is a wonderfully inclusive and honest way to view food acquisition.--Jennifer Prince
An especially and highly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.--Children's Book Watch (06/29/2018)
Before We Eat is a gentle, lovely introduction to good, nutritious, locally grown food and the people who make sure it's there for us. We can all give thanks for that, and for this book.--Anupama Joshi, Executive Director and Co-Founder, National Farm to School Network