Chocolate: Sweet Science: Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat

22749726Frydenborg, Kay. Chocolate: Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat April 7th 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

E ARC from Netgalley.com

At 272 pages, this has more information about chocolate than anyone could ever want! I liked that this started out with an event with which I was unfamiliar– a campaign by children to keep chocolate bars from rising in price from 5 to 8 cents back in the 1940s. From there, the entire sociopolitical, economic and philosophical history of chocolate is delineated. This makes it great for reference for a report, and since National History Day projects need this kind of complete background, I am considering buying a copy.

This book has a good amount of pictures, plenty of science facts about chocolate, and is clearly well-researched. Even little known facts, like Hershey’s town in Cuba, are covered.

One of the state standards for writing for my students is that they learn to narrow down their topic. While I enjoyed this, I couldn’t help but think that it would have been a better book for the target demographic if the author had decided on a more focused bit of information to present.

See more middle grade reviews at Ms. Yingling Reads.

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