June 4th, 2011 by Nancy
Did you know that this coming Tuesday, June 7th, is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day? I didn’t! Even though the holiday might have been invented by ice cream manufacturers, that only bothers me a teensy bit… because chocolate ice cream is awesome!!!.
Even though we covered our Food Theme a while back, I thought I’d round up some delicious chocolate-related books that might pique your interest:
Chocolate Dreams: Poems by Arnold Adoff, illustrated by Turi MacCombie
I usually prefer prose over verse, but this poem I can definitely relate to! Check out this excerpt from the poem “Let the Biter Beware”:
In the center of each
c h o c o l a t e lump
there is a hard nut
waiting to bump your
front tooth into the
d e n t i s t’s chair.
In the center of each
c h o c o l a t e hunk
there is a car a mel
chunk just waiting to
your teeth to geth er
for ev er.
Chocolate by Hershey: A Story about Milton S. Hershey by Betty Burford, illustrated by Loren Chantland
When someone says the word “Hershey,” you think immediately of deliciousness in a bar or kiss shape. But before he became synonymous with sweets, Milton Hershey worked really hard to hit it big — and when he became successful, he also gave back to his community.
Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest by Robert Burleigh
Chocolate in the United States not enough? How about tracing it all the way back to the Aztecs? This nonfiction title includes mouth-watering full-color photographs and an investigative journalist’s point of view on chocolate.
Chocolate-covered Ants by Stephen Manes
Adam gets an ant colony for his birthday… minus the ants. As the ants are en route (hopefully not walking to his house themselves, that might take a looooong time), his older brother Max tells him that some people eat chocolate-covered ants. Gross!
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Forget chocolate-covered ants. What happens when everything you touch becomes chocolate?
Chocolate Ants, Maggot Cheese, and More by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn
Okay, back to chocolate ants. Perhaps I can battle my phobia of maggots/slugs/slimy things by eating them… Okay, maybe not.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
How could I possibly leave out young Charlie, his spirited grandfather, Willy Wonka (the zany proprietor of the best chocolate factory ever), an indoor river made of chocolate, nut-cracking squirrels, Oompa Loompas, a girl who swells up to look giant blueberry, a boy who is shrunk down to the size of a Jolly Rancher, and… okay, I’ll stop there. These are only eight of the THOUSANDS of amazing things going on in this book, and if you haven’t read it by now, GO!
Still not convinced? This “commercial” might do the trick…
Nancy made chocolate truffles for a picnic last week (at Karen’s request). Idea: We should have frozen them and cut them into chunks in ice cream!