How Sweet It Is by Ruth Freeman Swain
(And Was): The History of Candy

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Provides a brief history of a variety of candies and chewing gum. Includes recipes for sugar paste, fudge, and taffy.

About Ruth Freeman Swain

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Ruth Freeman Swain has been a preschool instructor and taught creative movement. She is the author of two books illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith, "Bedtime!," a National Council of Social Studies Notable book, and "Hairdo!: What We Do and Did to Our Hair,": which Booklist praised as "an entertaining, informative picture book," and which Kirkus Reviews call "a cut above." A native of Pennsylvania, Ms. Swain now lives in Maine. John O'Brien is an illustrator, musician, and lifeguard. His cartoons appear in The New Yorker and other publications. The many books he has illustrated for children include "Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?:" "The Story Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols" by Teresa Bateman. Booklist praised his illustrations for that book for their "unexpected humour...playful action and comical details." John O'Brien divides his time between New Jersey and Florida.
Published October 1, 2003 by Holiday House. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Cooking, Children's Books.

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Kids and candy naturally go together and this brief history of types of candies and chewing gum is cunningly sweetened with O’Brien’s finely crosshatched, stippled illustrations.

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Candy companies work hard to get you to buy their brand of candy."

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