Plants We Eat

Cover: Plants We Eat



Where does food come from? How many plants do we eat? Using hands on activities, young readers will develop critical thinking skills as they gain a better understanding of the plants we eat.


  • Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Dewey: 635
  • Reinforced book (9781602792760): 8 x 8, 24 pages, © 2009
  • PDF (9781602794252): 24 pages, © 2009
  • Hosted ebook (9781602794252H): 24 pages, © 2009
  • Series: 21st Century Junior Library
  • Subseries: Plants


  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 125112
  • Accelerated Reader® Reading Level: 2.7
  • Accelerated Reader® Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • Where Does Food Come From?
  • Sun Food
  • Good Enough to Eat
  • The Perfect Meal
  • Glossary
  • Find Out More
  • Index
  • About the Author


School Library Journal

These colorful, cleanly designed books incorporate activities designed to exercise basic science skills, such as observation, estimation, and comparison, but are uneven in quality. In the first book, seed, spore, bulb, cutting, and division are given the once-over; while the text states that tulips and daffodils grow from bulbs, there is no explanation of how bulbs are formed. Flowers neglects to identify and label the parts of a flower, concentrating instead on seeds and pollination. Sunlight identifies the three basic needs of plants and provides a very simple summary of photosynthesis and the movement of food and nutrients through a plant’s vascular system"“without using the words "photosynthesis" or “vascular.” Plants We Eat, Trees, and Healing Plants are stronger titles, offering basic overviews of their topics. However, while the photographs are clear and informative, all of the books suffer from a lack of labeled diagrams.


Author: Christine Petersen

Christine Petersen is a freelance writer and environmental educator who lives in Minnesota. When she is not writing, Christine enjoys kayaking, bird-watching, and playing with her young son. She is the author of more than 20 books for young people.


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