MORE POTATOES! by Millicent E. Selsam


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When Sue begins to wonder where her mother gets potatoes the whole class becomes involved in some nature detection that ends up deep in the soil of farmer Bartilucci's fields. Trips to the grocery store and warehouse are only preliminaries to the farm visit, where the children learn about how seed potatoes are cut for planting (""Each piece must have at least one or two eyes""), how they bud and grow and how they are planted and dug up by machine. In September they return to the farm, observe the dying tops that tell it's time to dig, and watch the machine unearth the potatoes and tumble them onto a moving chain belt which sends them to be washed, dried, and packed. Again Ms. Selsam makes the humblest root seem worthy of attention as she plants some basic information into an early reading experience.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1972
Publisher: Harper & Row