It's Disgusting and We Ate It!: True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History!

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In this exploration of fascinating and truly gross facts about food oddities, readers are taken on a journey around the world, throughout history, and into their own refrigerators. True stories and amazing eating habits are celebrated in a feast of facts, poems, charts, tables, recipes, and a map. Full color.

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Overview

In this exploration of fascinating and truly gross facts about food oddities, readers are taken on a journey around the world, throughout history, and into their own refrigerators. True stories and amazing eating habits are celebrated in a feast of facts, poems, charts, tables, recipes, and a map. Full color.

A collection of poems, facts, statistics, and stories about unusual foods and eating habits both contemporary and historical.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cleverly catering to kids' taste for the slightly gross, this three-chapter smorgasbook gives readers plenty to chew on. Part One offers a world tour of weird foods like earthworm soup and flower salad, plus an abundance of trivia (e.g., spiders are higher in protein than grasshoppers, termites and beef). Part Two identifies "hairy, scary foods throughout history," including a meaty menu for a medieval feast. Readers will appreciate Solheim's tongue-in-cheek tone; for example, describing early European sailors' fare, he adds a sidebar headed "Great Rat Cooking Starts with Quality Rats." The final section peeks into the modern fridge to find "bee sugar" (honey), "cow squirt" (milk) and hot dogs ("Why are you biting into that tube of pulverized meat scraps?"). Throughout, the author blithely blends silly poems, useful facts and graphs; even the index is fun to read (see "python in vinegar" or "crayfish, jellied"). Brace (The Krazees) creates a manic, multi-legged feast for the eyes. He crams every page with curious comestibles and googly-eyed critters who talk in hand- lettered voice bubbles. With enough information for several sittings, this compendium lives up to its title's rich promise. Ages 5-10. (May)
Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Subtitled "True Food Facts From Around the World and Throughout History," this deliciously funny book allows the curious young reader to select from a menu of fascinating, true tidbits about how-and what-people eat. Did you know that in China, earthworm soup is a traditional fever medicine? That breakfast in Colonial America was often fried robins on toast? That one ton of roasted spiders provides more protein than a ton of beef? Or that seaweed products are among the ingredients for the ice cream in your freezer? Readers will also enjoy the side dishes of this factual feast: riddles, jokes, poetry...even a recipe or two. The zany, outrageous illustrations give added zest to the well-researched text. This hardcover title will spice up the social studies classroom, or library bookshelf.
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Gr 3-6Solheim appeals to the gross-out side of kids in this exploration of edible grub (larvae and otherwise) around the world, past and present, and it's more laughs than a barrel of monkey brains (the one delicacy he missed). Divided into three sections, the book begins with "People Eat the Wildest Things," a look at some of the less common foods eaten today, such as frog legs, earthworms, snakes, insects, flowers, and seaweed. "From Mammoth Meatballs to Squirrel Stew" considers strange fare from the past, such as a menu from a medieval royal feast in England (14 oxen and 50 swans, among other things), the rat stew eaten by sailors, and the robins popular in Colonial America. "If You Think That's Sick, Look in Your Fridge" takes a look at how many common edibles, such as milk, cheese, honey, and mushrooms, are grown or produced. Each double-page spread includes basic facts and lots of interesting trivia written in a wacky, off-the-wall style that children will love. There are also poems-amusing, tongue-in-cheek odes to unusual delicacies (a haiku celebrates sushi). Brace's cockeyed, whimsical illustrations, done with colored pencils and acrylic paints, are delightful. The pages are filled with colorful characters who make wry observations about the text. Fact-packed fun from beginning to end.Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689806759
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    Great Find for Science Teachers!

    This book is great if you want to add to your collection of science tid-bits that will 'gross out' your elementary and middle school kids as you prepare a unit or a lesson. They love it!! Lots of insects and lots of history included too. Good connection for across the curriculum!

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