Book review: The Story of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less to Eat around the World, by Nancy Castaldo

Castaldo, Nancy. The Story of Seeds: From Mendel’s Garden to Your Plate, and How There’s More of Less to Eat around the World. HMH, 2016. $17.99. 144p. 9780544320239. Ages 12-14. P4Q9

Castaldo Story of SeedsWho would know that a book about seeds could be so fascinating! Packed into this small book is how seeds are connected to genetics, history, politics, geography, technology, climate change, GMOs, and many other areas past ordinary agriculture. The conversational tone of the text is appealing to all ages, and many adults may not be familiar with some of the information—for example, scientists’ frantic attempts to save seeds from both Hitler and the Iraqi invasion. Colorful illustrations, including photographs, picture seeds and plants along with notable people who work with them including the “seed warriors” who fought biopiracy and protected these endangered species. Although it may not be a popular read with young people, it is a must purchase for libraries because of its valuable information.

April 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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