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George Crum And The Saratoga Chip
George Crum And The Saratoga Chip
 
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Author : Frank Morrison(Illustrator) Gaylia Taylor
Publisher : Lee & Low Books
ISBN# : 9781584302551
Pages : 32
Price :INR 1130
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Editorial Reviews -

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

Janet Crane Barley - Childrens Literature

According to the authors note, this picture book, about the invention of the potato chip, is expanded from a very few facts. George Speck Crum was born in 1828. He is credited with inventing Saratoga chips while he was a chef trying to satisfy a fussy restaurant client who complained that the French fries he/she ordered were too thick. Most of the rest of the story of his life from childhood onward is based more on speculation than information. The book relies heavily on stereotypes to define his life, with some stereotypes evident in the artwork. For instance, Georges friend, a Frenchman who taught him to cook, is pictured looking rather effeminate with pointed beard on pointed chin and turned up toes on his shoes. The author is a retired reading teacher who has been writing childrens stories for years. This is her first picture book. The illustrator has won a number of awards and his artwork is included in many private collections including those of Bill Cosby and Maya Angelou. The book is published by Lee and Low Books, an independent childrens book publisher specializing in multicultural themes. Their website says the publisher "makes a special effort to work with artists of color, and takes pride in nurturing many authors and illustrators who are new to the world of childrens book publishing." 2006, Lee and Low Books Inc, Ages 4 to 7.

School Library Journal

Gr 1-5-This lively story of the inventor of the potato chip begins with Crums 1830s childhood in the Adirondacks, where his "feisty streak" gave him resilience in the face of prejudice against his Native American/African-American heritage. He combined a passion for cooking with a perfectionist bent and was hired as a chef at Moons Lake House in Saratoga Springs, where he created popular wild game and fish dishes. His encounters with fussy and demanding patrons led to the innovative idea of thinly sliced, deep-fried potatoes as the ultimate French fry, and his fame spread rapidly. He eventually opened his own restaurant, Crums Place, where everyone was treated equally, regardless of race or wealth. Taylor notes that the story is based on the "more substantiated existing facts" about a man whose life is largely undocumented. She writes clearly and compassionately, and treats topics of culinary history and race relations in an inviting manner. Crum is multidimensional in depiction, and readers can practically taste his crisp, freshly prepared chips. Morrisons richly colored acrylic illustrations have a comical look; the elongated figures shown from unusual angles create stylized exaggeration and burst with life. This book contains sufficient detail to interest older students, and its appealing format will assure its popularity as a read-aloud for the primary grades.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews

Spinning lively invented details around skimpy historical records, Taylor profiles the 19th-century chef credited with inventing the potato chip. Crum, thought to be of mixed Native-American and African-American ancestry, was a lover of the outdoors, who turned cooking skills learned from a French hunter into a kitchen job at an upscale resort in New York state. As the story goes, he fried up the first batch of chips in a fit of pique after a diner complained that his French fries were cut too thickly. Morrisons schoolroom, kitchen and restaurant scenes seem a little more integrated than would have been likely in the 1850s, but his sinuous figures slide through them with exaggerated elegance, adding a theatrical energy as delicious as the snack food they celebrate. The author leaves Crum presiding over a restaurant (also integrated) of his own, closes with a note separating fact from

 
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