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Pop! : The Invention of Bubble Gum
by Meghan McCarthy


Overview - Gum. It's been around for centuries--from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone's chewed it. But the best kind of gum--bubble gum --wasn't invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Gum. It's been around for centuries--from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone's chewed it. But the best kind of gum--bubble gum --wasn't invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes. Bubble-blowing kids everywhere will be delighted with Megan McCarthy's entertaining pictures and engaging fun facts as they learn the history behind the pink perfection of Dubble Bubble.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416979708
  • ISBN-10: 1416979700
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: May 2010
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.24 x 9.32 x 0.41 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Cooking & Food

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 50.
  • Review Date: 2010-05-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Walter Diemer, an accountant with the Fleer chewing gum company, slowly begins experimenting with ingredients, trying to create bubblegum. One batch is a near miss—his co-workers happily blow bubbles, but “the next day the mixture was as hard as a rock.” But with time, “top secret ingredients,” and the now classic pink coloring, he finally nails it: at a mom-and-pop store, kids blow bubbles for the first time. McCarthy’s thickly painted acrylic cartoons create an expressive 1920s backdrop with bug-eyed characters dressed in the era’s fashions. A closing section supplies numerous facts about gum. Unlike its subject matter, this history lesson is easily digestible. Ages 4–8. (May)

 
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