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The Popcorn Book Paperback – May 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (May 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823405338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823405336
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tomie de Paola is a contributor for Holiday House Inc titles including: 'The Parables of Jesus','FIN M'COUL: The Giant of Knockmany Hill ','The Night Before Christmas'

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"Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his ""singular attainment in children's literature,"" the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his ""continued distinguished contribution,"" and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition for his books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

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I laughed through the entire book.
Matthew Record
The Popcorn Book was purchased as a birthday gift for my nephew's 3-yr-old son, Charlie.
B. Kubiak
Great book for kids, teaching them about popcorn.
Nancy G. Brown

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Megan on December 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am student teaching and used this book in the classroom for a lesson pertaining to the overall theme of Thanksgiving and the Indians. The children were on the edge of their seats through the entire story. I used an activity after the book where students had a piece of paper with a grid on it. In each box, there was a number (1-10) that students had to trace. Then, they glued the popcorn kernels in the grid with the corresponding number. There are so many ideas and activities that can accompany this story! I encourage all teachers to use it...no matter what age level! (I used this in 2nd grade).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book to my 8-year-old son yesterday. What a treat! Popcorn is his favorite snack food. Scientific & historical facts are presented in a very hip way by a fantastic writer/illustrator. Even though it contains a lot of information it moves at a very fast past. A must read book!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Tomie dePaola seldom fails to delight and this offering is no exception. Kids get together to pop up some pop corn and the little story of their "adventure" is quite funny. along with the story though, we get a great mini-lesson in the history of popcorn along with some wonderful scientific facts, i.e. why does popcorn pop, how do you store popcorn, etc. It tells us how the early Native Americans cooked and used popcorn as well as those in Centeral America. There are dozens of lessons that can be created from this little book, great handouts and projects can be made with just a touch of creativity on the teachers part. I use this one in the class room, but it would be great for the home school folks also. The only slight qualm I had over the book was that it depicted young children cooking up a batch of popcorn on the stove (no microwave stuff here) and do feel that children, pans, stoves and hot oil are not such a good mix. I always warn the kids not to do thier popcorn cooking without letting an adult know that they are up to first. Overall though, this is a great book and I do highly recommend it. It certainly falls into the five star category (I must admit that I learned a few facts about popcorn I did not know, myself).
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
The popcorn book is a great book. It makes you laugh and makes you hungry for popcorn!! I reccomand this for children of all ages. ( and for children who like popcorn!)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really liked the book. The author was very creative with his illistrations. The reason I chose this book was because my favorite food is popcorn! Tomie de Paola must of had to do alot of research for this book. I would recommend The Popcorn Book to any lower-grade teacher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wild Thing Foodie on September 30, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love the few bits of history mentioned in this book and it respects the child's intellect, instead of talking down to them. The illustrations also entertained and encouraged my imagination. As an adult reading to a child, I also have to be interested in the book. This book encourages children to read - and excellent for children who enjoy food. Have more of Tomie dePaola's books on my Wishlist and gift list!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid we regularly got this book on our weekly library trips because we loved it at bedtime so much! The historical notes were great, and I was particularly fond of the illustrations.
I'm so glad to find that it's still in print. I'm going to add it to my wish list right now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda L. Davis on November 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book teaches about popcorn and also has recipes. There's not really much of a story though, and once my kids had the info they didn't want to reread. It was informative though.
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