Summer Reading: Young Readers Omnivore's Dilemma

Summer Reading: Young Readers Omnivore's Dilemma

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jun 15, 2010

While cruising through our local bookstore last night, a bright blue book caught our attention — twice. We saw it first over in the cookbooks and then again when we were knee deep in Knuffle Bunny in the children's area, so we decided to give this abridged version of Michael Pollan's read a try.

If you haven't given Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma a once over, we highly suggest it as a summer read. With farmers' markets in full swing and as we try to teach our children the importance of food grown without chemical help as well as supporting our local farmers, it's a timely and eye-opening read for many.

So when we saw the pint-sized version (though it's been out for several years) we were quite curious. We've never been big on books that dumb things down for children - once they're able to read, they should be able to comprehend anything their little eyes come across (even more so now that they can Google words instead of kickin' it old school with a dictionary in hand). After a few flips through this book, it was quite clear this read doesn't fall into that category. Although it feels like the Cliff's notes version to its much longer counterpart, the heart of the book is still the same. It educated without preaching and merely aims at opening eyes to the world around you. Its words help to open eyes to the act of choosing what food goes into your body and the effects it can have on you and the environment you're surrounded by.

We think it would be a great summer read for your kids this summer as they find themselves knee deep in gardens and all the summer bounty that comes into our homes. You can pick it up on Amazon in paperback for $9.99 and $15.64 hardback, though there's a good chance it's at your local library if you take a look!

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