Thursday, November 5, 2009

Food for Thought: The stories Behind the Things We Eat

by Ken Robbins
Roaring Brook Press, 2009. 45 pgs. Juvenile Non-Fiction
With regard to food, most of us know what we like and don't think much beyond that. But thanks to Ken Robbins kids and their parents can now know that oranges originated in China, where Chiquita Banana came from (modeled after Carmen Miranda by the United Fruit Company), that the word "catsup" came from the Chinese word for a sauce made from pickled fish brine, kat siap, and that grenades got their name from pomegranates, being about the same size and shape. A short, sweet, and fascinating read, Food for Thought combines eye-grabbing pictures and sprightly text in a book to please all ages.

1 comment:

Mr. Sessions said...

LW thanks for the reviews. This is one of your former employees and present day friends who still thinks your reviews are and will be the "bees knees". I am glad I stumbled upon these reviews because as a fourth grade teacher, I am always looking for something unusual.