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The Life of Rice: From Seedling to Supper (Traveling Photographer)

by Richard Sobol

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This was an informative book about how rice grows and all the process it goes through. It was a good book but not too interesting. I think it would be appropriate for a fifth grader. ( )
  tarannum93 | Feb 14, 2013 |
Reason for Reading: I was so impressed with Sobol's photography and writing style when reading his newest book "The Mysteries of Angkor Wat" that I decided to read his entire backlist with my son and discuss the life of a photographer/photojournalist as a career option while doing so.

The author had previously been to Thailand on assignments but this time he received an official invitation to the "Royal Plowing Ceremony" from the King of Thailand and decided that while there on his own time, for a change, he would spend it on photographing the lush rice fields, which he had found fascinating on previous trips, and the role rice has on Thai society. We learn just how ingrained rice is in Thai culture as virtually all their holidays are centered around rice, it's bi products and it's growing/harvesting seasons. Rice is grown everywhere there is flat land including people's own backyards. We learn how the rich farmer will use extravagant machinery in his work while the average farmer uses the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years. Groups of neighbours get together and work each others paddies one after another to share the work and make the rice a community thing. Rice is the staple food of Thai people, paddies cover the countryside and festivals are frequent reminders of this staple of their life.

Richard Sobol has told a fascinating story as he travels the country, stopping to help work in the paddy, going to festivals and showing the daily life of small children as they accompany their families through all stages of the rice farmer from planting seeds to taking the 100 pound bags of rice to the mill where they are paid. Fantastic photography and a storytelling narrative brings this most abundant world-wide crop to life, shows us the people behind the food and the how a crop can be so essential to a country's way of life. Beautiful book! ( )
  ElizaJane | Sep 18, 2011 |
Join Richard Sobol for a family program based on The Life of Rice on Sunday December 12, at 2:00 pm at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
  HMNHpr | Sep 27, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076363252X, Hardcover)

Follow a photographer to Thailand as he documents the life of rice—from planting ceremony to eating—in a compelling narrative with vivid color images.

Rice is one of the most abundant and widely grown crops in the world today. In Thailand, rice is grown everywhere—and it is almost always a part of every meal. Photographer Richard Sobol invites us on a journey to Thailand to explore the life of rice: from the beginning of the growing season at the Royal Plowing Ceremony, to the hard work of transplanting and harvesting the rice plants, and finally ending with a delicious dinner—of rice, of course! Illustrated with beautiful photographs of the farmers and rice fields of Thailand, this is a firsthand account of one of the world’s most valuable and important crops.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:39 -0400)

Rice is one of the most abundant and widely grown crops in the world today. In Thailand, rice is grown everywhere and it is almost always a part of every meal. Photographer Richard Sobol invites us on a journey to Thailand to explore the life of rice: from the beginning of the growing season at the Royal Plowing Ceremony, to the hard work of transplanting and harvesting the rice plants, and finally ending with a delicious dinner--of rice, of course!… (more)

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