Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Spring Reading 2019 Popcorn Country: The Story of America's Favorite Snack


This nonfiction volume tells all the details of how and where popcorn is cultivated. Crisp, clear photos reveal the orderly rows of the corn fields, as well as closeups of fluffy popped kernels. Readers will learn about the varieties of corn grown in the U.S., see a processing facility where the corn is conditioned and tested or pop-ability, and even the huge container ships that carry it to places worldwide. The text is easy to read and uses comparisons to make it easier to visualize amounts such as cornstalks "that stretch so tall that they could tickle the chin of a young giraffe."

Back matter includes a history of popcorn, as well as a source list of books and websites for further information. A perfect companion to Tomie dePaola's The Popcorn Book, or as a read-aloud to go along with a class treat of freshly popped corn. The large format of the photos and the limited amount of text on each spread makes it accessible and will not intimidate reluctant readers. Besides, who can resist popcorn?

I read a copy provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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