Fun Food Inventions

by Nadia Higgins

Part of a Series: Awesome Inventions You Use Every Day.

With tempting photographs, this kid-pleasing volume describes the origins of foods with “a high fun factor,” such as potato chips, fortune cookies, bubble gum, and microwave popcorn. Acknowledging the everyday nature of invention, the book balances a conversational tone with information-rich text. Witty storytelling humanizes the inventors (in 1853, when he created the potato chip, chef George Crum, “was having a bad day.”) and brings the cultural history of these foods to life (in China, “most Chinese people don’t even know about fortune cookies.” In fact they are “an all-American treat—with Japanese beginnings.”). Occasional text boxes offer additional fun facts. Back matter includes a glossary, a list of Web sites and books for further information, source notes, and an index. Readers can also follow a link to more publisher-provided resources.

ISBN: 9781467710916

JLG Release: January 2014

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Series Nonfiction: Science 3-5

Grades 3-5


12 books / $20.25 a book

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    Print Book


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    Page Count


    Trim Size

    7" x 10"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 4.3, Points: 1

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.2, Points: 4


    Level: 680L

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