This children's book might be hard to resist if you have anything to do with soybeans. Essentially it's an illustrated 32-page poem about the soybean and its uses. It was published by the Nebraska Foundation for Agricultural Awareness with assistance from the Nebraska Soybean Board. It was printed with soy oil ink on recyclable paper.
In case you didn't realize soybeans were used in the printing process, part of the poem goes:
"Let's keep on hunting the soybean trail,/ And see just where it will lead--/ Soybeans help make putty, cloth, and glue.http://www.lunch.com/ And inks for the papers you read."
The plot involves three children who find a sad soybean by the side of the road. It is sad because no one knows the many products that are produced from soybeans such as candy bars, varnish, and shampoo. The soybean spends most of the poem telling the children about soybean products and how they are made. At the end of the poem, the children turn the soybean right-side-up and by golly, it has a smile on its, ummm, face.
This story is profusely illustrated in color, and there is a glossary at the end with words such as `lecithin,' `legume,' and `tofu.' There is also a list of ten `Soybean Fun Facts.'
If you don't like to read those violent, sexist Grimm fairytales to your children, "Why the Brown Bean was Blue" would be the perfect substitute. Plus, this book is probably edible.
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