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Annotation: Provides a history of one of America's favorite snack foods, presenting its origins, nutritional information and recipes.
Genre: Cookbooks
Catalog Number: #28
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition Date: 2003
Illustrator: Lies, Brian,
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 1-570-91443-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-29593-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-570-91443-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-29593-3
Dewey: 641.6
LCCN: 2002002271
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Respected nonfiction author Landau uses a lighthearted approach in this picture book for older children, which offers popcorn facts and figures and answers questions that children often wonder about, such as, What makes it pop? She presents an interesting history--the snack's Native American origins, the invention of the popping machine, and the popularity of popcorn during World War II, when sugar for other snack foods was in short supply. Lies' brightly colored acrylic illustrations enhance the humor of the text, especially with his use of a pesky raccoon character who insinuates himself into nearly every picture, raiding the refrigerator, roasting corn over an open fire, and stealing the treat from humans. Occasionally, Lies strays a bit over the top (a Pilgrim and Indian share popped corn while watching football on television), but most of the pictures are amusing and accurate. This will be useful for classroom projects and report writers as well as entertaining reading for popcorn munchers, who will appreciate the popping and serving suggestions Landau includes. A list of online and print resources is appended,
Horn Book
An attractive collection of accessible information about popcorn, this book explains where and how it's grown, why it pops, how to pop it, who eats it and where, its nutritional value, and its history. Throughout the acrylic paintings of people, places, and popcorn-related things, a popcorn-loving raccoon narrates and adds comic asides. Reading list, websites.
Kirkus Reviews
Not even Lies's ( Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle , not reviewed, etc.) realistically drawn figures—children, Pilgrims, and a recurring, mischievous raccoon—manage to add much substance to this jokey once-over. After explaining why popcorn pops, Landau, author of dozens of poorly researched nonfiction titles, sweeps past its history in the Americas—"Researchers have found 1000-year-old grains of popcorn. That's older than anyone you know—including your teacher." Ha ha. She casts doubt on the claim that it was served at the first Thanksgiving, then traces its modern career from curbside attraction to movie-house staple to household snack. After putting a positive spin on popcorn's nutritional value without caveats about adding oil, butter, or salt, she closes with a tally of suggested toppings ("Ranch or Italian salad dressing mix"—um, maybe not), a recipe for popcorn balls (but not popcorn soup, which gets only a quick, tantalizing mention earlier on), and skimpy lists of books and Web sites. Padded with weak wisecracks, superficial generalizations, and outright filler, this isn't about to displace Tomie DePaola's classic Popcorn Book (1978) as an introduction to one of the world's most popular recreational foods. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Children will love this enjoyable, oversized compilation of historical facts, legends, trivia, and recipes, featuring the popular snack food. Lies's acrylic cartoons guarantee a good time for all. Students will use this attractive and informative book as both a resource for reports and as a fun read. All that is needed for the ultimate experience is a big bowl of the real stuff, with butter.-Barbara L. McMullin, Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math, Vista, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Reviewing Agencies: - Find Other Reviewed Titles
Horn Book (8/1/03)
Kirkus Reviews
ALA Booklist (2/1/03)
School Library Journal
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 32).
Word Count: 2,931
Reading Level: 4.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 67101 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.8 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q33706
Lexile: 790L

Pull up a chair and dig in! POPCORN is chock-full of tidbits about one of America's favorite snack foods. Learn what makes popcorn pop, how Native Americans liked their popcorn, and how television almost wiped out popcorn's future. Cooking tips, recipes, and resources included.

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