How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food
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How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food

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Fresh retro artwork lures little readers on a tasty trip to farms, dairies, and more. Yum!

The best part of a young child’s day is often opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did all that delicious food get there? Who made the bread for the sandwich? What about the cheese inside? Who plucked the fruit? And where did the chocolate in that cookie get its start? From plant...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Candlewick (first published 2011)
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Lauran Ferguson
I think this is a great book to read to a child. It would definitely make them more excited to eat healthier, and it will help them to understand how people make the food that we eat. This book explains the processes of making all sorts of foods such as bread, cheese, chocolate chips, and so much more. The pictures are very colorful and help to bring life to the book.
How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food takes the reader though each step of the food production process. The book has beautify detailed and colored cartoon-like pictures to show each step of the food process. This enables students to very clearly see how food is produced/grown and gets to their hands. Among many things, How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? can be paired with other books about agriculture, food, where things come from, and jobs. This book can be used in agriculture, food...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I'm a big fan of not neglecting food and nutrition issues with kids (and, well, everybody) and so I was excited to see a book that tried to unpack some of what's in a lunchbox. The art is pretty unique and engaging with bright colors and bold shapes on mostly white backgrounds. I like that the foods are slightly stylized with textures and no outlines, as things can look pretty tasty without looking necessarily unrealistic. The kids portrayed are generally multicultural but the default for farmer...more
Mary Ann
How do we get most of the food we eat? That's right, we make a trip to our nearest store. If we're lucky, we have a home or community garden where we can grow some of our own food. But we are far removed from most food production. Butterworth shows readers how each item in their lunchbox makes it from the farm to the table. For some items like an apple or clementine, it's a simple journey growing on a tree, being picked and washed, then traveling to the store. But other items are much more compl...more
Grades K-3

This cheerful book has plenty of eye-appeal with bright retro illustrations and simple text that describes the process by which various types of food make it into a lunchbox. Children will follow the wheat from the field to the mill to the bakery to the store, where their families buy the loaves of bread that make their sandwiches. A similar path is shown for cheese, tomatoes, apple juice, carrots, clementines... even the chocolate chips that go into the chocolate chip cookie. Althoug...more
Megan D. Neal
"One of the best parts of the day is when you lift the lid of your lunchbox to see what's inside."
(First sentence.)

I'm willing to bet that your young children, if they're not living on a farm, exhibit a certain disconnect regarding where their food actually comes from. This book will change that. The text and pictures of this eminently readable book do a superb job of providing essential knowledge in a fun way by breaking down the food production chain of certain lunchbox items (bread, cheese, t...more
Good concept, although the book ends up being not terribly exciting. This is a good beginner book on food/nutrition and could probably be a discussion starter. My five year didn't really learn anything new here, but if this is your first book on the subject you might.
Lauren Colton
A great text to teach kids about food and where it really comes from. We all have those students who think their food comes from the grocery store and nowhere before that. A great option to show them how it really gets to them. I do wish however that it had included meat as that always seems to be the one that is the biggest misconception and the toughest to talk about comfortably.
I'm torn about this book! I really like the idea of helping children and students understand where their food comes from. The colors and explanations are vibrant and fun! How Did That Get in My Lunchbox, however, makes it seem so nice and honest. This book, for example, describes how REAL cheese is made and how REAL carrots are grown. So much cheese, especially the kinds served at school, is processed. And baby carrots are not quite the same as real carrots, are they now. If you are making a big...more
Jim Erekson
Lucia Gaggiotti's illustrations and design are the real story here. Butterworth's straightforward, concise source-to-table descriptions were a great jumping off point for Gaggiotti's infographic-like illustrations of the multiple steps. Her work is reminiscent of the graphic Mary Blair style from the 1950s. Her sense of color is captivating. The spot illustrations of several dozen different foods on the endsheets was so fun to look at. I am glad Candlewick insists on seemingly small design detai...more
Great for a beginning look at where food comes from, besides the grocery store. The writing is clear and basic but uses proper terminology. The healthy facts at the end are simple, and easy to understand.Nice illustrations adn end papers. Good for 3-7 year olds, great for a preschool, or kindergarten lesson.

My only quibble is it does not talk about meat at all. I can see that it would be hard to include this in the bright colored up beat context of this book but Americans eat meat often and if...more
Ask a kid where his apple juice came from, and I guarantee he's gonna tell you it came from the store. This much they know. But where did it come from before it got to the store?

This book explores the origins of a few foods in an average school lunch--bread, cheese, tomato, apple juice, carrots, chocolate chip, and clementine. Explanations are given in a step-by-step, chronological fashion, from the plant (botany) to the plant (industry) and each major step in between, described in simple terms...more
Julie Esanu
Chris Butterworth challenges students to think about where the food that they eat for lunch comes from before their parents bought it at the store in this engaging book. With Lucia Gaggiotti's vibrant and eye-catching illustrations, Butterworth explains the origins of common and kid-friendly food, such as bread, carrots, and clementines (with an emphasis on fresh and healthy foods). This book is fun way to "hook" to think about healthy eating and as a reminder that food does not magically appear...more
Marguarite Markley
This story starts with a full lunch box and each page shows how each of the items in the lunchbox was made. At the end, there is a mini lesson in nutrition. I would give this kids who like the "From Start to Finish" series. Also I would recommend for young children who always want to know "why" or "how" something was done/made. Great illustrations keep the kids attention and a good amount of information to give them a basic knowledge of how the apple juice started in an orchard and ended up in t...more
Brenna Call
Have you ever stopped to think about where your food really comes from? This cool non-fiction book for kids answers just that question in regards to foods like cheese, bread, carrots and even the chocolate chips that go into our chocolate chip cookies. This book give kids and adults alike an insightful and fun way to look at the steps involved in producing some of our most common everyday foods.
This book didn't go where I expected. I thought this would be standard "where does food come from" material aimed at children that would have, say, a baker in a toque kneading bread for sandwiches, whereas this book shows wheat ground into flour and baked in large industrial ovens. It's not a bad start for an honest discussion about food sources and nutrition. Nicely illustrated.
Sandy Brehl
This seemed a bit simplistic to me, although a worthy effort to answer the question on an initial or surface level. The illustrations are vibrant but also cartoonish. The pages with labeled, sequenced production processes were the strongest, and could launch further study/investigation of the process of making and distributing food for mass markets.
Really fun and interesting. I think it would make a great read aloud. Perhaps start with introduction and have kids choose a couple items from the lunch box to read out loud- otherwise it would be very long with all those details. Both of my small readers picked it up on their own and read cover to cover. Cute art too!
Great book to share with your child (or a classroom full of students) about the steps it takes to get that food to your lunch pail. Cleave way to display the information without getting repetitive or to drawn out. Could easily be curriculum for health and nutrition as well.
Perfect simple yet inviting introduction to food production for early elementary kids; the foods that they might find in their lunchboxes are taken from farm to table with simple (but not simplistic) descriptions and eye-catching retro illustrations.
This book is great, in theory. It discusses the concept of how all the food you find in your lunchbox got there. However, the illustrations and language seem to be aimed at younger children but there is too much text. It's a bit didactic, too.
Highly recommended as an early elementary option for children interested in the topic. Bread, cheese, carrots and other foods shown in a lunch box are detailed from start to finish of their processing. My children were fascinated!
Sep 27, 2013 CFAITC added it
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In this clearly written and beautifully illustrated book, author Chris Butterworth takes a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Healthy tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.
This book was really interesting and it made me hungry. I think many children would enjoy this book because it tells them all about how different kinds of food are made. The pictures are amazing and I liked reading it.
Brandi North
Good book about where food comes from. Illustrations are well done and the information is very knowledgable. Well written for children who are interested in where things come from!
Danie P.
easy to understand facts about the process of food making for children curious about what goes in to making their lunch.
Andrea Estelle
We enjoyed this book about how several types of food make there way into a lunchbox! The illustrations were fun.
Excellent illustrations, and my two year old was happy to follow along. Would be appropriate for any age child.
Shows the process through fun, bright pictures of how your lunchbox food is grown or made.
This book is about how foods (mostly processed...) are made and transferred to the grocery store.
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CHRIS BUTTERWORTH is the author of more than seventy nonfiction books for children on such diverse subjects as influenza, Antarctic exploration, and Ancient Egypt. "A sea horse looks as magical as a mermaid," she says, "but sea horses really exist. We need to know as much as we can about them, so we can protect them."
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