Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming (Paperback)
Notable Books for a Global Society, International Literacy Association (ILA)
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
Notable Children's Book, Smithsonian
John Burroughs Young Readers Award, John Burroughs Association/American Museum of Natural History
Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner, Parents' Choice Foundation
Honor Book Award, Society of School Librarians International
A photographic exploration of the cycles of traditional Balinese rice farming, a dynamic model of earth-friendly agriculture that connects a unique culture with the natural world.
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.