How Sweet it is (and Was): The History of Candy

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Holiday House, Jan 1, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Can you imagine Valentine's Day without chocolate hearts, Halloween without candy corn, Christmas without candy canes, or Hanukkah without chocolate coins? Candy has always played an important and mouthwatering part in holiday celebrations as well as day-to-day life. Here is a collection of little-known facts, including how many kinds of candy came to be.

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User Review  - Melissalorio - LibraryThing

I didn't like this book much, and at first I wasn't quite sure why. I had to read it again to understand my reaction.I think one of the big negatives of the book is the illustrations. On the front ... Read full review

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Learn the story of how certain favorite candies were created, such as fudge, Tootsie Rolls, and taffy. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Ruth Freeman Swain has been a preschool instructor and taught creative movement. She is the author of two books illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith, "Bedtime!," a National Council of Social Studies Notable book, and "Hairdo!: What We Do and Did to Our Hair,": which Booklist praised as "an entertaining, informative picture book," and which Kirkus Reviews call "a cut above." A native of Pennsylvania, Ms. Swain now lives in Maine.

John O'Brien is an illustrator, musician, and lifeguard. His cartoons appear in The New Yorker and other publications. The many books he has illustrated for children include "Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?:" "The Story Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols" by Teresa Bateman. Booklist praised his illustrations for that book for their "unexpected humour...playful action and comical details." John O'Brien divides his time between New Jersey and Florida.

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