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Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

February 2020

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Cricket Media, Inc.
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1 Min.
high five

WHAT DO YOU REACH FOR WHEN YOUR STOMACH STARTS TO RUMBLE? People around the world have different go-to foods. Here are five facts to get you started. 1 Tomatoes were once thought to be poisoning wealthy Europeans. It was actually the lead in the pewter plates that was making them sick, but for centuries, tomatoes were used as decoration, not as food. 2 Potato chips might never have been invented if a diner hadn’t been displeased with his meal. A man complained about his fried potatoes in 1853, prompting the offended chef to slice the potatoes paper-thin and add lots of salt. Lo and behold, the diner loved them and the world gained potato chips. 3 Not all homes in ancient Rome had kitchens. As a result, takeout restaurants called thermopalia (the plural…

3 Min.
yeast

What is the most widely eaten food in the whole world? According to the History Channel, it’s bread. It is small, easy to carry, and a good source of energy. About 30,000 years ago, our prehistoric ancestors made the first batch. First, they mixed water and grains. They cooked it into a solid chunk by frying it on stones. By the time of the ancient Egyptians, bakers were using different grains, baking techniques, and a variety of ingredients. Archaeologists have uncovered grinding stones, baking chambers, and drawings of 4,000-year-old breweries from this period. People around the world now enjoy many types of bread. From grainy flatbread to cakes to loaves that are fluffy inside and crunchy outside, bread is king. So, what puts the “fluff” in some breads? It is an…

2 Min.
you are what you eat

Most of us don’t think about food until we start feeling hungry, but eating is essential to life. Every creature must eat and be nourished to stay alive. To talk about food and eating is to talk about one of the more commonplace subjects we know. It is about as humdrum as breathing or sleeping—so everyday, so ordinary, that for many, it does not receive much notice. What, where, when, how, and with whom we eat say a great deal about who we are. At the same time, what we do not eat also says something about who we are not or who is “different.” Stop to think about the things connected with eating that send messages. Do you use a napkin? Do you use chopsticks? Do you hold silverware “backward” (knife…

4 Min.
tomato & potato international jetsetters

PATH OF THE POTATOES The mighty spud is the world’s fourth largest food crop. Its journey onto our plates began in the mountains and valleys of South America. Around 7000 B.C., the Peruvian Incans were the first to grow and harvest this hardy tuber. During the age of exploration, potatoes received their first passport stamp. Explorers such as Sir Walter Raleigh brought barrels packed with pratties (boiled or roasted potatoes) back to Europe in the 1500s. Over the next 40 years, potatoes traveled throughout Europe. They emigrated across the Middle Eastern deserts to far-away India. In North America, Bermuda’s governor gave the governor of Jamestown potatoes in 1621. By 1719, the first permanent potato patches were established in New Hampshire. From there, they quickly journeyed across the continent. The spud is a successful…

2 Min.
the gyro: a sandwich gone spiral

Think burgers and fries are the only kinds of fast food? Think again. A gyro (pronounced “YEE-row” by the Greeks and “JI-row” by others), can be a Greek fast-food treat or a quick, tasty, and filling meal. While there is some debate about how the gyro came to be, it is closely related to the doner kebab from Turkey. Both the doner kebab and the gyro involve meat that is cooked by rotating it on a spit. A vertical spit rotates the meat from left to right rather than top to bottom. This circular rotation is also where the gyro got its name. In Greek, gyrizo means “to rotate.” As the meat spins, it cooks and bubbles form on the outside. These bubbles tell the cook that the meat is ready to…

3 Min.
accidentally delicious

Have you ever been really hungry, but there wasn’t much to eat in your kitchen? Did you throw together a bunch of stuff you had on hand and were pleasantly surprised when it tasted good? You aren’t alone. Some of our favorite foods were created by accident. Here’s a sample menu of some familiar foods that never would have happened if someone hadn’t created them by mistake. ICE CREAM CONE Before the ice cream cone, people ate their ice cream out of dishes or paper wrappers. This changed at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. A vendor ran out of dishes to serve his ice cream. Luckily, Ernest A. Hamwi was set up next to him and was selling crisp waffle-like pastries called zalabis. The quick-thinking Hamwi rolled one of his zalabis into…