There’s No Cream in Cream Soda: Facts and Folklore About Our Favorite Drinks

Running Pr. Jul. 2023. 144p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780762481323.
Gr 4-8–This engaging title takes readers on a thirst-quenching journey through time, unraveling the stories and histories behind popular drinks. Each chapter focuses on a specific drink, such as water, milk, Pepsi, Kool-Aid, Gatorade, etc., and delves into its origins, cultural influence, and health impact. One of the book’s strengths is that readers will learn as much about history as they will about the development of these beverages. For example, the need for safe water influenced the germ theory of disease, and the winning of college football games was responsible for the development of Gatorade. The writing style is engaging and immersive, transporting readers to different eras and regions. While the page-turning writing style is superb, the sparse yellow-and-blue illustrations may prevent some readers from pulling the book from the shelf.
VERDICT With few other books available on the topic and riveting writing that will keep kids reading, this book is a highly suggested purchase—even though there are too few engaging illustrations.

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