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The Story of Salt

  Kurlansky, Mark and S.D. Schindler


Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Number of Pages: 48
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Genres:

Nonfiction

Material Type/Location:

Nonfiction

Reading Level:

4-5
6-8

Awards:

ALA Notable Books
Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

Who would think that you could write a whole book about SALT? We put it in our food, but what else is there to say about it? Well, it turns out there’s a lot to say about salt: what it is, where it comes from, and how important it is for people and animals all over the world. Salt is needed for breathing and for digestion and is found in dry salt beds, the oceans, in underground springs and in rocks under the earth. Throughout history, the people who controlled the salt trade were the ones with the greatest power. Before refrigeration, salt was used to preserve food, which allowed people to travel long distances. This book, with the use of entertaining illustrations, shows the history of salt and how our world has been shaped by it.

Reviewed by: Karen Trier on 12/13/2008

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