What the World Eats vs. Hungry Planet


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  • crazy4boys

    I’m trying to decide which of these books to use.  One is geared more towards kids (and is shorter), the other for adults, but both look fantastic.  Do any of you have these books, or have looked through them, and can give me an idea of which one is better and why?  I want to use this as part of our geography study.



    Sonya Shafer

    Hmmm, the one I have gives both of those titles on the cover. Here’s the one I have. It’s not specifically for kids, which I like because my younger ones can look at the photos and talk about them and grow into the book. Or from another angle, they won’t outgrow the book. I leave this one and Material World out on the coffee table all the time for them to peruse at their leisure.


    Oh, that’s how you use it!  I found Material World used and it is a beautiful book, but I couldn’t tell how it was scheduled.  Thanks for mentioning this!


    We have both Hungry Planet and Material World, which we are using/discussing as we study each continent (1 or 2 continents a year – to coincide with our history rotation).  When I was deciding on which to buy (Hungry Planet or What the World Eats) I checked with our library for a copy of each before making my decision.  I chose the Hungry Planet because, as Sonya mentioned, I liked that our children could ‘grow into’ it.  It includes much more information, which works well for various levels of learning as we rotate through our continent/country studies through the years.

    Either one will be a fun and interesting addition to your home library.  🙂

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