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The Story of Food: Salt Hardcover – November 22, 2016
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About the Author
- Grade Level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0750296585
- ISBN-13 : 978-0750296588
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.38 x 10.63 inches
- Publisher : Wayland (November 22, 2016)
- Reading level : 9 - 11 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,222,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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"Did you know that the little white grains that sit in your salt cellar have an amazing story to tell? The simple condiment has caused wars to break out, empires to be conquered and black markets to flourish. This book describes the journey salt has taken, from prehistoric religious offerings to a staple seasoning. Other topics covered are the health aspects of salt, how it is produced, its chemical properties and how it is traded around the world. An ideal leisure read, but also perfect for course work and presentations"
The little books are part of a series.
The Story of Food: Sugar
The Story of Food: Tea
The Story of Food: Chocolate
It's packed full of very colourful and interesting illustrations.
It has tons of interesting and fascinating facts about salt
The cover looks awful in comparison to the contents.
A nice little informative book for 7-11 year olds.
As a history graduate and former secondary teacher I found this a cracking book for stepping outside the Tudors and Nazis dominance in modern history education. This dips into ancient history in Europe, Africa and The Far East, adds another dimension to causal factors of several little known wars, the French Revolution and European settlement in North America and the dominance of city-states in Italy, Central and Eastern Europe that had control of salt supplies. It even links into the Collapse of the British Empire.
It talks about the impact of salt on language, financial and political development even through to today alongside technological factors with cross curricular links to science and engineering.
To me this is ideal as enrichment learning within historical education, I always valued conceptual understanding within time, it helps us to see the past as something we are a flowing from and a result of rather than isolated pieces of Lego that snap on time by time before us, attached but separate.
Following the interaction with and behaviours of peoples with salt within and across different timeframes helps build a better understanding of change and continuity and causation.
I would use this as enrichment activities whether as a project homework or extension work to annotate the core events of history with the colour that makes it more than facts, names and dates.
This book is best pitched at KS3 due to the scientific expectations of understanding with regards to the atomic structure of salt and how it is formed which is explained in the beginning chapter although there is nothing to say that younger children won't enjoy the historical, and cultural sections detailing how salt has informed and shaped history across many cultures and continents not just in the 'western world' but may need support to make links of change, continuity and causation beyond 'people like salt'!
Overall I really like this book and am now tempted by the others in the series.
This is a very interesting read, which covers what salt is, salt as a seasoning, how it is produced, how it can be used for preserving food, salt in the ancient world, health, religion, the middle ages, the New World, salt wars, salt in early America, the Salt March and salt in today’s world. Perfect for general knowledge purposes, school projects and a really fun and interesting read.