Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pass the Pandowdy, Please

Pass the Pandowdy, Please: Chewing on History with Famous Figures and Their Favorite Foods
Written by Abigail Ewing Zelz
Illustrated by Eric Zelz
Tilbury House, 2016. Informational.

All of the most famous figures in history have one important thing in common - they all had a favorite food. These famous foods tell us a lot about the famous people who ate them like Napoleon Bonaparte, who ate dinner alone and would make such a mess eating that he had to change into clean clothes when he was done.

This fun and beautifully illustrated book tells the stories of people most kids have heard of, in a way they've never heard them before. This book introduces young readers to history with light and humorous anecdotes and plenty of additional references for any kids who are interested in digging a little deeper. I was pleasantly surprised that this book also dives a little into the history of food - there's a fun timeline with recognizable events like "Civil War begins in the U.S." next to "Heinz produces ketchup."

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