The Life and Times of Corn (Hardcover)
HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780618507511, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 7, 2009
What grain has seeds in all colors of the rainbow, can grow twenty feet high, is often harvested by moonlight, and is more valuable to the United States than gold?
As the New York times Book Review said, “Micucci knows how to grab his audience” and is “canny about organizing his material.” Building upon his successful series of creative science for the younger grades, the author-illustrator of the LIFE AND TIMES series focuses on the science, uses and history of American’s most prevalent crop. A master of fascinating trivia, he knows just how to draw readers in and expand on a seemingly small topic.
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Praise For The Life and Times of Corn…
"Who knew those little kernels contained so much history and lore? In a conversational and lively narrative, the author follows the growth, cultivation and shocking number of uses of this “a-maize-ing” plant. Sensitive to children’s sensibilities, he delights in explaining large statistics . . . In a clear, logical order, punctuated by timelines, maps and fun corn facts, the author introduces the history and life cycle of this staple. Columbus sought gold when he came to the New World; little did he know how much those yellow kernels were really worth . . . Informational picture book."—Kirkus Reviews
". . . entertaining and informative mix of bite-size scientific and historical facts and mouth-watering watercolors . . . Along with a dazzling variety of multicolored cobs and kernels, the pictures feature animated scarecrows and human figures planting, harvesting, and, most of all, chowing down on this worldwide staple . . . young readers will never take their morning cornflakes for granted again."—Booklist