Wednesday, March 22, 2006


To finish our study of chocolate, Alexandra and her Nana made chocolate chip cookies from scratch - a rare treat around here!
Here are some of our favorite resources:
Non-fiction books:
  • From Cacao Bean to Chocolate (A Start to Finish Book) by Mitgutsch - simple, short book - good intro to subject
  • What's For Lunch? Chocolate by Llewellyn - another simple, short intro to subject, this one has photos
  • Chocolate: A Sweet History (Smart About...) by Markle (we love this series) - great book about chocolate history written as a book report, but with humor
  • The Official M&M's Brand History of Chocolate by Red, Yellow, Green & Blue - another good history of chocolate... cute with the M&M's
  • The Story of Chocolate (DK Readers Level 3 book) by Polin - we didn't read this as it seemed so much like the others, but it looked like a good book
Fiction books:
  • Chocolatina by Kraft - pretty cute book about a girl who turns into chocolate - fairly short
  • Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory by H. A. Rey - it was nice to read a Curious George book again - when Alexandra was younger, we read them "all the time"
  • Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot: a True Story of the Berlin Airlift and the Candy that Dropped from the Sky by Raven - this was a nice story - I think the long title describes it pretty well
  • Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery by David A. Adler - great book - we read it straight through (about 45 minutes) - we'd read some of the "junior" Cam Jansen books, and Alexandra wasn't that interested, but we couldn't put this one down!
Longer book:
  • The Chocolate Touch by Catling - We LOVED this book! After the first few chapters, we could hardly put it down! Great story about John Midas who, instead of the Midas touch of gold, gets the chocolate touch. We highly recommend this!
Math books:
  • The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Multiplication Book by Pallotta - we shared a Hershey's bar tonight while reading this one - Alexandra decided that we should both draw each picture and write each multiplication problem - we might make it into our own book
  • More M&M's Brand Chocolate Candy Math by McGrath - cute (& yummy) math book that quickly covers estimating, graphing, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division & ordinal numbers - you can then make up your own math problems before eating the rest of the M&M's - by the way, our bag conatined 58 M&M's!
  • The M&M's Count to One Hundred Book by McGrath - skip counting book
  • website: - quick review of fractions - pretty basic, but just perfect for Alexandra
  • Chocolate Fever (Video Storybreak) - cute cartoon based on the book
  • Magic School Bus in the Rainforest - based on the book - the kids & Ms. Frizzle go to a rainforest to see why their cocoa tree isn't producing many cocoa beans
  • The Original How It's Done Factory Tours: Episode 2 by Kalush - this is a humorous video that shows how various things are done, including how chocolate candies are made - but, it doesn't start with the tree - we really enjoyed it
  • Veggie Tales: Rack, Shack & Benny - about Nebby K. Nezzer & his chocolate factory
  • Since cacao trees grow in rainforests, we colored a map showing where rainforests are in the world

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