Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming

Written and photographed by Jan Reynolds

Paperback: $11.95

Six Pack: $71.70

On the island of Bali in Southeast Asia, rice farming is a way of life. The people live in tune with the natural rhythms and cycles of the water and the soil. Ingrained in their community and culture, rice farming connects them to the land and one another.

Balinese farmers have planted rice using an intricate system of water sharing and crop rotation for more than a thousand years. Intertwined with their spiritual, social, and day-to-day lives, this system has made Bali a leading producer of one of the world’s most important crops. And because Balinese rice farming respects the balances of nature, it serves as a remarkable example of sustainable agriculture in an increasingly industrialized world.

With lush photographs and captivating text, Jan Reynolds explores the traditional world of rice farming on the beautiful island of Bali. Readers of all ages will come away with an enhanced awareness of how we farm, eat, and live today, and the effects these practices have on the world of tomorrow.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Jan Reynolds - Author, Illustrator

is an award-winning author and photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Outside magazine. All seven books in her Vanishing Cultures series of photo-essays for children were recognized as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Reynolds is also an avid skier, mountain climber, and adventurer. She holds the world record for women's high altitude skiing, was part of the first expedition to circumnavigate Mount Everest, and performed a solo crossing of the Himalayas. Reynolds lives with her family in Stowe, Vermont.

About This Title


Paperback: 9781620140789

Hardcover: 9781600602542

Six Pack: 9781620141502


Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Notable Books for a Global Society
International Reading Association (IRA)

Honor Book Award
Society of School Librarians International

John Burroughs Young Readers Award
John Burroughs Association/American Museum of Natural History

Notable Children's Book

Parents' Choice Recommended
Parents' Choice Foundation

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 3 - 8

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5


Photographic Illustrations, Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Weather/Seasons/Clothing, Sharing & Giving, Responsibility, Religion/Spiritual, Occupations, Food, Farming, Families, Environment/Nature, Asian/Asian American Interest, Animals, Earth/Sun/Moon System, Exploring Ecosystems, How To, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Informational Text, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Water

Part of These Collections