cover image Come and Eat!

Come and Eat!

George Ancona. Charlesbridge, $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-58089-366-4; $7.95 paper ISBN 978-1-58089-367-1

In a small, square-format book about kinds of food and ways of eating, bright photographs set within circular and rectangular frames depict children and adults eating alone, in groups, on the go, and in formal celebrations. Three workers eat simple lunches in the back of a pickup truck; a Japanese boy slurps noodles from a bowl; children roast marshmallows around a fire; and Nigerian diners sit on the floor to eat fufu, a cassava root paste. Ancona includes details about the cultures represented in each photograph ("Muslim friends remove their shoes to kneel on beautiful rugs to pray before sharing a meal"), providing not only a discussion about food diversity but also an intimate, globe-trotting tour. Ages 5%E2%80%938. (July)