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CYCLE OF RICE, CYCLE OF LIFE by Jan Reynolds

CYCLE OF RICE, CYCLE OF LIFE

A Story of Sustainable Farming

By Jan Reynolds (Author) , Jan Reynolds (Photographer)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60060-254-2
Publisher: Lee & Low

A staple food for a large part of the world, rice is a very important crop. But in Bali, as Reynolds reverently explains, rice is life. On this small Indonesian island, farmers have used an intricate water- and crop-rotation system for more than 1,000 years to become one of the world’s largest rice producers while also modeling a successful practice of sustainable farming. Paralleling the cycle of rice itself, Reynolds divides her work into three sections: Water first spills down Balinese volcanoes, a family plants and harvests the rice together and, finally, ducks help to eliminate pests and rejuvenate the soil. Full-color photographs dominate the pages, generously illustrating each step. In a clear and dynamic voice, the author gracefully weaves information on Balinese spiritual ritual practices and the dangers of overproduction into the explanation of this tiny—but oh-so-powerful—grain. (author’s note, map, web resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)