Eat Your U. S. History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary Minds {Review}

Do you have a child who is a fan of the culinary arts?  One who enjoys cooking while learning? Does history get your learner excited?  If so, Eat You U. S. History Homework:  Recipes for Revolutionary Minds by Ann McCallum may just be one book you should add to your library.

Our oldest daughter loves history and food.  Out of all of the things she has been introduced to cooking and history have remained unlike her love for other things. Ann McCallum offers several titles in her Eat Your ... Series, and since we were given the option to choose our oldest daughter immediately chose the history title. We received a hardcover copy of this newly released book.

About Eat Your U. S. History Homework :

This illustrated book is 47 pages which includes a table of contents, index, and glossary.  There are six recipes within this book.  The young chef and parent will also find kitchen tips to make cooking easier.

Eat Your U. S. History Homework is a supplemental text and offers information about Early American history.  The time range is from 1607 to 1789.  The author touches on Pilgrims, indigenous people, the thirteen colonies, the French and Indian War, slavery,  the Boston Tea party, and the Declaration of Independence. There is just enough information about these historically points so there is enough room for the learner to delve deeper in the topics which are of interest.  I am always a fan of books that present all people as people versus elevating some while diminishing others.  Ann McCallum does well in sharing facts in an unbiased way.

The book is also nicely illustrated with bunnies as characteristics throughout.  There are plenty of illustrations of the bunnies eating and cooking.

Our Experience with Eat Your U.S. History Homework:

I will start off by saying that we have yet to cook all of the six recipes because we are actually studying American history this year, and it is my plan to align the recipes with our studies.  However, we did get in the kitchen to create the Colonial Cherry-Berry Grunt.  Both girls enjoyed cooking this stovetop cobbler.  I had no idea that you could create a cobbler on the stove.  This lesson showed us how the colonists made a way without microwaves and ovens.

One thing that I appreciate about this history supplement is that it is easy to fit in with our main curriculum.  Since the book is concise, the author does well pulling out and sharing some of the most relevant and interesting information.  I would also say that even if we weren't in the midst of working through U. S. history, I could see us using this books and building around the topics introduced with additional library books to stretch and go deeper.

We are looking forward to cooking the remaining recipes as we eat our U. S. History Homework.  If you have a learner who enjoys cooking, I really do think this is a nice book to use to introduce some of the key components of our country's history.

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