What Is Taste?

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Salty popcorn. Sweet watermelon. Your tongue lets you taste these things and more. But how does your sense of taste work? And how does it help you? Read this book to find out! Learn all about your five senses in the Your Amazing Senses series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books? collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books? bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Overview

Salty popcorn. Sweet watermelon. Your tongue lets you taste these things and more. But how does your sense of taste work? And how does it help you? Read this book to find out! Learn all about your five senses in the Your Amazing Senses series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Mmm, it's sweet. Oooh, it's sour! We use our tongue to inform us about how things taste. Read and explore the sense of taste. The four basic tastes—sweet, sour, salty and bitter—along with another taste, umami, are described through foods that have a distinctive taste characteristic. The color photographs of children tasting the different foods capture the expressive results of the taste. The text also covers different opinions of tastes and how we use this sense to protect ourselves from things that could make a person ill. There is one activity at the end of the book that involves tasting and mentions the connection between the sense of taste and the sense of smell. Children may need support with the informational text features. Some pictures have captions that provide a little more information. There is a glossary; the words in the glossary are not differentiated in the main text and some of the words from the glossary are listed in the index. For further reading and information about the sense of taste or one of the other senses, readers may wish to explore the additional books and the websites that are provided. This book is one from the series, "Your Amazing Senses." Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–This series describes the senses as tools that can help readers learn about the world and protect themselves from danger. How each sense works and examples and variations of the information it provides are presented in short chapters. A concluding activity demonstrates the sense in action. Readers will be drawn into these books by questions in the narrative and a first-person perspective (from Hearing, “Emotions and sounds are closely connected. What sounds make you happy?”). There are some errors and omissions. In Hearing, some phrasing (“High sounds are produced when sound waves move quickly,” for example) may cause misunderstandings about the mechanics of sound. Sight does not mention color blindness, though it covers near- and farsightedness, and Smell mistakenly blames the tears caused by onions on their odor. As in the series above, Taste adds umami to the usual four flavors that can be distinguished by humans. Overall, given their simple sentences, colorful layout, full-page photos, and well-chosen diagrams, these books will be useful for reports.
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Meet the Author

A former elementary school teacher, Jennifer Boothroyd has written many children's nonfiction books including the First Step Nonfiction series States of Matter and the biograpies for young readers Lou Gehrig: A Life of Dedication and Roald Dahl: A Life of the Imagination. She lives with her family in Chaska, MN.

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