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Number of Pages: 48
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Series Title: Science of Fun Stuff
Publisher: Simon Spotlight
Age Range: 4-8 years
Book theme: How Things Work-Are Made
Author: Ellie O'Ryan
Street Date: December 22, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-0739
The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy by Ellie O' Ryan is a jewel for young readers. Who doesn't like candy? When I first leafed through this book, I was disappointed there weren't any experiments, references, or lists of websites. Instead it's a nonfiction reader perfect for a rainy afternoon. That said, The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy sparks ideas for hands-on explorations. Chapter 1 discusses how taste buds detect sweets. Kids can map their tongues. A picture of a microscope on page 12 might inspire children to inspect candies with a hand lens to compare differences in crystal sizes among candies. The book discusses how to control the size of crystals through cooling on pages 16 and 17. Kids can use this information to make their own rock candy or use isomalt so popular on cooking shows. The book explains the underlying processes. I learned something about citric acid in Chapter 3. Did you know that Aspergillus produce citric acid? There are interesting international candies, a little history, and an odd bit--a Hershey time line. The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy is right on target. O'Ryan has successfully sugar-coated some sound science. I just know that when kids read about wintergreen candies making a spark or how Mentos make an explosion in soda, they will want to try it for themselves.--NSTA
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