Book Review: Cranberries

Rating: ★★★☆☆

We’re all used to seeing cranberries turn up in the produce at Thanksgiving and Christmas, in juice on the shelf, and Craisins in the bakery department. Where do all these cranberries come from? Jaspersohn provides an elementary-level introduction to the history and cultivation of this native fruit. Photos of cranberries at various stages of growth are explained with easy-flowing descriptive text, from the first ripening to the different modes of harvest (Did you know crates of cranberries are removed by helicopter to protect the next year’s already-ripening crop?)

This book is a good tie-in to storybooks that feature cranberries, such as Wendy Devlin’s Cranberryport series, a holiday reading basket, or a state geography study (the berry is cultivated in much of New England, and is the Massachusetts state berry). I probably wouldn’t buy it, since most kids will learn what they need from it with one read, but it’s a great library checkout.

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Publication Information: Jaspersohn, William. Cranberries. Houghton Mifflin. 1991. ISBN: 0395520983.
Categories: 3 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on November 24, 2014

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