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The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper (Traveling Photographer)

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Follow a photographer to Thailand as he documents the life of rice—from planting ceremony to eating—in a compelling narrative with vivid color images.

Rice is one of the most abundant and widely grown crops in the world today. In Thailand, rice is grown everywhere—and it is almost always a part of every meal. Photographer Richard Sobol invites us on a journey to Thailand to...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published 2010)

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Taneka
This is the story of how they celebrate rice in Thailand. It did not provide as much information about how rice grows, but instead how the villages prepare rice for harvest and sowing. Information such as where the seeds come from and how they are chosen is not available. I wanted to see a close up of the rice as it goes from stalk to mill, but there weren't very many close ups. I also wanted to how rice came to be. Similar to what Richard Sobol wrote about in his other book,The Story of Silk: F...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I was so impressed with Sobol's photography and writing style when reading his newest book "The Mysteries of Angkor Wat" that I decided to read his entire backlist with my son and discuss the life of a photographer/photojournalist as a career option while doing so.

The author had previously been to Thailand on assignments but this time he received an official invitation to the "Royal Plowing Ceremony" from the King of Thailand and decided that while there on his own time, for...more
Mary Ann
With engaging, colorful photographs and accessible text, Richard Sobol shows how important rice is to the entire culture of modern Thailand. Like Sobol’s Breakfast in the Rain Forest (Candlewick,2008), also in the Traveling Photographer series, this volume offers a first-person account of Sobol’s travels as he explores the cultural and economic role that rice plays in Thailand today. Sobol’s approach is to tell a personal story, introducing readers to the subject as he encountered it himself. So...more
Becky
The Life of Rice is a shining example of attractive, intriguing, and educational narrative nonfiction. Sobol's introduction clearly tells the reader how he was inspired to write about rice, and it sets the tone for his enthusiastic story of something so common and yet so vital to the Thai people.

His story begins with his receiving an ornate letter written in Thai. He hops on his bike and races to the local Thai restaurant to get the owner to translate. It turns out that it's an official invitati...more
Deborah
Rice is a staple in Thailand and recognized as a great blessing. The is a professional photographer who was inspired by a visit to Thailand and decided to chronicle the "life of rice." The photographs are stunning and the information interesting enough. However, I put the book down one night and was not inspired enough to pick it back up.
Kelsey
Age: 9-12 years
Media: photography from artist whose work appeared in National Geographic and Time

Sobol shares his experience photographing the rice planting holiday in Tailand and explains how rice is grown, harvested, and enjoyed.
Elisabeth W.  Rauch
A photojournalism picture book explaining the importance of rice to the economy and culture in Thailand. Beautiful photographs and accessible writing makes this book wonderful for classroom usage. Especially for a World Food day!
Amanda
Delightful. This book was exactly what I needed as I begin a new year committed to eating mindfully.
Sarah
A love letter to rice and Thailand. Interesting glimpse into the work of the photographer and rice farmers.
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Richard Sobol, an author and award-winning photographer, is the creator of the Traveling Photographer series of children’s books. When not traveling, he is home in Massachusetts with his family.
"Though my fashion choices usually center around denim, I was intrigued by the process of silk-making. I was fascinated when I learned that some of the world’s most expensive clothing comes from a worm!" —...more
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