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Cycle of rice, cycle of life, by Jan Reynolds

Label
Cycle of rice, cycle of life
Title
Cycle of rice, cycle of life
Statement of responsibility
by Jan Reynolds
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Explores the cultural and environmental aspects of traditional Balinese rice farming, a model of sustainable food production
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Notable Books for a Global Society, 2010.
Review
  • Gr 3–5— This slim book is filled with lovely color photographs showing the people of Bali, ancient water temples, and rice in every stage of growth. It begins with an overview of the customs governing the use of water and explaining how community cooperation within the water temple system ensured that each farm got enough water to produce a plentiful harvest. The book then shows how rice was (and is) grown in Bali using traditional methods involving a fallow period and ducks. Reynolds discusses the consequences of the imposition of modern agricultural practices, such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides, on the crop, and the resulting drop in production. The final part explains how American anthropologist J. Stephen Lansing analyzed how the water temple system and traditional farming methods were more effective than the modern practices and convinced the Indonesian government to allow farmers to return to the old ways. While the text occasionally oversimplifies the subject, it does provide a fine overview of a classic anthropological study and a strong argument for sustainable farming practices. Back matter includes three Web sites, although two of them are dead links. Given the dearth of books on the topic for children, this one can serve to provide additional information for reports on Bali or on anthropological studies.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA --Caroline Tesauro (Reviewed June 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 6, p112)
  • 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) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2009)
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325477
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DNAL/DLC
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1956-
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Reynolds, Jan
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 3
  • 5
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True
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  • Rice
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Indonesia
Target audience
pre adolescent
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a story of sustainable farming
Label
Cycle of rice, cycle of life, by Jan Reynolds
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Jacket subtitle: A story of sustainable farming
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
26 x 27 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781600602542
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2008030518
Other physical details
col. ill., col. maps
System control number
(OCoLC)234260122
Label
Cycle of rice, cycle of life, by Jan Reynolds
Publication
Note
Jacket subtitle: A story of sustainable farming
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Dimensions
26 x 27 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781600602542
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2008030518
Other physical details
col. ill., col. maps
System control number
(OCoLC)234260122

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