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Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Back in the late 1920s, a young accountant named Walter Diemer decided to go beyond his job of crunching numbers for his employer, a candy company named Fleer. Company scientists had been trying, without much luck, to develop a new kind of chewing gum with which people could blow bubbles.

Walter could not resist trying his hand, and ultimately his experiments with a variety of secret ingredients yielded a mixture that produced bubbles, stayed soft, and tasted good. After a large batch sold out within one day at a local mom-and-pop store, Fleer marketed the new concoction as Dubble Bubble and used its success to avoid going into bankruptcy.

Curious children who wonder why their bubble gum is pink and how it came about will enjoy this informative and engaging picture book. The book makes a valuable resource for teaching children about the rewards that come from innovation in terms of new products for companies to sell and consumers to enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2012
This book brings it home for kids that businesses aren't always successful at what they do, and that finding a way to be profitable takes a LOT of persistence, energy, and late nights.

And the book is so cheerfully illustrated -- they'll forget they are learning when they are caught up in the fun of DubbleBubble.

It's fun for young scientists to see that science isn't just sterile environments; science is fun and applicable across many specialties.

Parent Note: The book does seem to present the triumphant formula as a bit haphazardly arrived at: "added a bit of this and a drop of that." I don't know how Dubble Bubble was created -- it may have been a happy accident, or it may have been more scientific than this book protrays.

For another bubble gum biography, try William Wrigley Jr.: Wrigley's Chewing Gum Founder (Food Dudes)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Author/artist Meghan McCarthy used bold acrylic paints to illustrate her informative story of bubble gum. While kids love what is often a pink square of gum used to chew, blow and pop bubbles, very few mw know its history. Now, thanks to McCarthy they can learn how difficult it was to invent.

Our story begins in a factory owned by the Fleer family during the 1920s. This family made large quantities of gum and candy. One employee was Walter Diemer, an accountant who could easily balance a budget but knew very little about gum.
As time passed the office next door to Diemer's became a laboratory occupied by technicians trying to make a new gum. The thought was that gum wasn't really very exciting, "But what if gum chewers could blow bubbles? Now that would be something - a world full of bubble gum blowers!" The technicians didn't have much luck and Fleer was about to give up his idea when Walter was asked to watch a kettle holding a gum experiment. Well, Walter became fascinated - he didn't know what he was doing but he spent a great deal of time "playing with different mixtures." You guessed it - he finally found a mixture that bubbled and popped!

POP! THE INVENTION OF BUBBLE GUM also includes a history of chewables, a bio of Walter Diemer, and facts about gum. For instance, who chewed the most gum in 2006? Kids? No! College educated women in their thirties.

Young readers can certainly relate to this book's subject and may well enjoy knowing how one of their favorite treats came to be.

- Gail Cooke
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on November 8, 2011
I think this would be a fascinating topic for children (I'm sure I would have loved to learn about the invention of bubble gum when I was young!).
-note this is not about the invention of gum, but *bubble* gum. Though we do get a quick history of how long gum has been around for-

I found the story interesting, especially the fact that the inventor wasn't even in R&D and that he kept going when everyone else had given up (there's a great message - though nice and subtly written). However, the whole book left me wanting more. I wanted to know exactly what made the recipe finally work, but apparently it's a secret (which, isn't the author's fault, of course), but there were so many details that I felt were glossed over that I really think could have made this more intriguing for children. That said, there's some good information in the back matter which helps to fill in some of the gaps. But, ultimately if felt more like a biography instead of an insight into bubble gum.

So, all in all, if it's a topic that interests you or your child, go for it! But, compared side by side, I much preferred Mccarthy's other book: Astronaut Handbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
This picture book is sure to please the younger crowd. The large color photos tell the story beautifully along with the text.
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on May 31, 2011
I found this book by accident after buying a "toy" for a 4yr old relative's birthday (a girl). I decided to purchase it in addition to the toy. She opened it at the end of the gift opening session at her party, and ignored all of the toys and dolls previously opened. She asked her grandmother to read it to her, and she was facinated by the story & the beautiful illustrations, from the beginning to the end. I paid the full price at a Mom & Pop toy store (but I did get free gift wrapping), but this Amazon price is excellent. I would highly reccomend it.
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on September 7, 2013
This book ties in nicely with The Gum Chewing Rattler. Students enjoy learning about the invention of bubblegum with this book. It is presented in short but to point way with great illustrations. At the end they discover even more facts about bubblegum throughout our world's history.
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on November 27, 2012
I knew nothing about this book before I purchased it for my school library for the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Awards. This story, of the history of bubble gum, quickly became a school favorite and inspired my students to do a lot more research on bubble gum!
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on March 10, 2014
Book was interesting and amusing to an audience of Italian youngsters learning English. Pictures were great and storyline captivating especially with a followup of bubble gum chewing and bubble blowing.
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on December 2, 2014
Bought this for my son for a book summary. Thought he would like it since he loves bubble gum. He loved the book. It was easy to read and had some interesting facts in there.
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