Booklist (Julia Smith)
Young kids will love getting the chance to see how one of their favorite snacks is produced. This tasty entry in the How Is It Made? series follows the peanut from farm to jar, clearly explaining each step of its journey. Readers get to view a cut-away image of peanuts growing beneath the ground and are then introduced to the various machines used for shelling, sifting, roasting, and filling jars—though a depiction of the peanuts tumbling in the shelling machine would have been a useful addition. Challenging vocabulary (legume, blanch) are defined in a glossary, and a conversational tone makes the text easy to digest. A final infographic of the stages of peanut butter production nicely reinforces the text, which concludes with instructions for making your own peanut butter.
— Julia Smith