Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life

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This photo-essay, filled with beautiful color images, uses the millennium-old tradition of Balinese rice farming as a starting point to introduce basic concepts of sustainability. In precise, accessible language, Reynolds describes the ancient agricultural practices, which are integrally linked to Balinese religion and even to conflict resolution among neighbors. In demonstrating how sustainability extends from natural cycles to agriculture to the spiritual life of a community, Reynolds offers young readers a broad, deep understanding of the concept, even as she provides a fascinating introduction to a specific culture. . . . The substantive material will easily support reports . . . and the arresting images and recurring focus on two children will help kids connect to the facts. An author’s note, suggested Web sites, and color map conclude this handsome, unusual offering.