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Children's Fiction African American

Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament

by (author) Anne Renaud

illustrated by Felicita Sala

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
Category
African American, Humorous Stories, Cooking & Food
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771386197
    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
    $18.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8

Description

When Filbert P. Horsefeathers walks into George Crum's restaurant, he tells the waitress, “I have a hankering for a heaping helping of potatoes.” Fine cook that he is, George prepares a serving of his most scrumptious, succulent and sublime potato wedges, only to have Filbert send them back. “Too thick,” he says. So, George makes thinner wedges. But his picky customer sends them back again. And again. Feeling a bit mischievous, George decides to use his sharpest knife to cut paper-thin potato slices, which he fries until they are crackling and then showers with salt. At last, Filbert is satisfied, proclaiming, “Perfection!” Which they are. Because, quite by accident, George Crum has invented potato chips!

This fictional picture book tale by Anne Renaud is based on a real man named George Crum, a cook in Saratoga Springs, New York, in the 1850s, who is purported to have created the first potato chip in response to a demanding customer. Included at the back of the book is a historical note with a list of sources describing the legend and the remarkable and inspiring story of Crum, a trapper of mixed Native American and African American descent, who supplied restaurants with fresh game, then became a chef and successful restauranteur himself. Felicita Sala's gorgeous illustrations accurately portray the historical period but with a lighthearted touch. They work beautifully with Renaud's playful language and quirky characters for a lively and deliciously fun read-aloud. This book is an excellent choice for lessons on inventions and inventors, history, or why we eat the foods we do.

About the authors

Anne Renaud is a life-long Quebecker and is the author of several picture books, as well as historical non-fiction books for children, including: The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan (CBU Press), A Bloom of Friendship: The Story of the Canadian Tulip Festival, Island of Hope and Sorrow: The Story of Grosse Île, and Into the Mist: The Story of the Empress of Ireland. An expanded edition of Pier 21: Stories from Near and Far, first published in 2008, is forthcoming from CBU Press. Anne’s work has been nominated for several awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, the Red Cedar Book Award and the Red Maple Award. The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan ( for CBU Press, 2013) was shortlistedthe Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature. Anne is also a regular contributor to children’s magazines, such as Highlights, Pockets, Cricket, Odyssey, Faces, Clubhouse and Shine. She hopes her books educate, entertain and inspire children.

Anne Renaud's profile page

Felicita is a self-taught illustrator. She studied philosophy and languages in Australia, but then decided she wanted to create pictures. Since moving to Italy, she has worked on a few stop-motion animation projects along with her husband, Gianluca, but her passion lies in making picture books. She gets inspired by nature, children, mid-century illustration, folk art and architecture. She lives in Rome with Gianluca and their daughter, Nina.

Felicita Sala's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Funniest Children's Book Award, Joan Betty Stuchner --- Oy Vey!
  • Short-listed, Funniest Children's Book Award, Joan Betty Stuchner---Oy Vey!
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College
  • Winner, The QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature, Quebec Writers' Federation
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

... wildly entertaining ...

The Globe and Mail

... a must-read among young children and adults alike.

CM Magazine

The story begs to be read aloud so that listeners can savor the sound of the luscious language ...

School Library Journal

... undeniably 'delectable and delicious!'

Montreal Review of Books

Hyperbole and history are a recipe for fun in this tasty trickster tale.

Kirkus Reviews

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