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From the team that created the ALA Notable Book The Cod's Tale comes the fascinating history of salt, which has been the object of wars and revolutions and is vital for life. Based on Mark Kurlansky's critically acclaimed bestseller Salt: A World History, this handsome picture book explores every aspect of salt: The many ways it's gathered from the earth and sea; how ancieFrom the team that created the ALA Notable Book The Cod's Tale comes the fascinating history of salt, which has been the object of wars and revolutions and is vital for life. Based on Mark Kurlansky's critically acclaimed bestseller Salt: A World History, this handsome picture book explores every aspect of salt: The many ways it's gathered from the earth and sea; how ancient emperors in China, Egypt, and Rome used it to keep their subjects happy; Why salt was key to the Age of Exploration; what salt meant to the American Revolution; And even how the search for salt eventually led to oil. Along the way, you'll meet a Celtic miner frozen in salt, learn how to make ketchup, and even experience salt's finest hour: Gandhi's famous Salt March....

Title : The Story of Salt
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ISBN : 9780399239984
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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The Story of Salt Reviews

  • Irene McHugh
    2018-10-04 16:28

    As the new library specialist of a middle school library, I stumbled upon this picture book as I browsed the collection. I bought two more copies of this beautifully illustrated engaging read so all three of the 6th grade social studies teachers could have a copy in their classrooms where they cover thousands of years of various early civilizations up to the Age of Enlightenment in one year.While the book opens with Kurlansky's personal story of his salt rock, he quickly transitions to what salt is chemically and to how important this rock, the only rock that all mammals must eat to survive, has been in the development of civilization.He covers the history of salt in early empires like China, Egypt, and Rome. He shows the influence of salt during the Age of Exploration, the French Revolution, and American Colonialism. Salt has affected our geography, economy, and political structures. As a symbol, salt is strong. Two pages are dedicated to explaining Ghandi's Salt March.Many of these two-page spreads cover a particular time period or empire. Some of the spreads have inset boxes with extra tidbits of information. For instance, the Roman word for salt sal is the root word for the English words salary and soldier because oftentimes Roman soldiers were paid in salt. The expressions "worth his salt" and "to earn his salt" stem from this Roman usage.Between the science lessons and social studies content, this book ties together how critical salt has been to shaping our world. A wonderful supplemental text for any teacher covering the development of humankind.

  • Heidi
    2018-10-13 16:05

    I've had Kurlansky's adult version of Salt: A World History sitting on my shelf for a while now (I love a good microhistory), so this one caught my eye when browsing the library shelves for a nonfiction choice to read and annotate for a children's literature course. Glad I picked it up! Super interesting, and I certainly intend to get to the full adult version soon to learn even more.Most interesting thing I learned from this book? The Celts were wearing plaid as far back as 400 B.C.!

  • Victoria Lambert
    2018-10-13 19:23

    While salt may not be the most exciting topic, the way Mark Kurlansky organized the book made it entertaining. This social studies informational picture book is organized in sections, such as the chemical breakdown, uses, where it comes from, history, etc. The pictures are very clean and detailed. The writing is a bit text-heavy, so this book would be better suited for third grade and up, even though it is a picture book. I learned a lot of interesting facts, such that salt is made up of sodium, which can easily burst into flames, and Chlorine, which is poisonous gas, but combining the two balance each other out so salt is neither explosive or poisonous.

  • Katie
    2018-10-15 18:58

    Mark Kurlansky shares a detailed history of salt through time and geography. The Story of Salt would make a great addition to the nonfiction shelf of any school or classroom library as it touches on science, social studies, geography, and economics. The Story of Salt was illustrated by S.D. Schindler using painterly media. The illustrations complement the text especially in the depictions of human interactions with salt. Kurlansky, M. & Schindler, S.D. (2006). The Story of Salt. New York, NY: The Penguin Group.

  • Natalie Jarman
    2018-10-07 19:02

    The nonfiction Story of Salt is an intricately detailed book where children and adults learn all about the history of salt and how it has shaped the history of civilization. Throughout this informational social studies book, we learn everything we need to know about salt, including how its gathered, why it was key to ancient civilizations, what it meant to the Revolution, and even how to make ketchup. Explore the amazing detail and illustrations that add to the interesting facts about salt.

  • Christina Robbins
    2018-09-20 16:10

    Would you believe that wars have been fought over salt? This informational social studies non-fiction picture book details the importance of salt starting from the beginning of time to the present day. Detailed illustrations show the daily life and struggle of people from China, Africa, Europe, and America who needed salt to survive. Kurlansky, M. (2006). The story of salt. New York: Penguin Group.

  • Lauren Neff
    2018-09-30 17:14

    One of the most common items we eat is salt. Some wonder where it comes from and how did it become so popular. Take a journey through the life of salt starting at the rock, what it is and wrapping it up with its current popularity. Salt was used for salting a pig’s thigh, the salt trade in France and the famous Salt March. This Informational social studies picture book provides loads of information for the reader in easy to understand text. The writer included side bars for additional information while the illustrator used unique pictures to relate to the reader. The illustrator and author provided a condensed time line at the very end of the book to give a full visual given on two pages.

  • Cassie
    2018-10-05 21:03

    This history based picture book tells a beautiful story about all of salts great qualities. The story travels through time telling the reading about all the different ways salt was used (scientifically and for cooking) through ancient civilization and how it is used today. The illustrations of this story are beautifully done and each page includes more information about salt.

  • Cassie
    2018-10-03 13:09

    This history based picture book tells a beautiful story about all of salts great qualities. The story travels through time telling the reading about all the different ways salt was used (scientifically and for cooking) through ancient civilization and how it is used today. The illustrations of this story are beautifully done and each page includes more information about salt.

  • Hannah Ruck
    2018-09-19 20:12

    This social studies concept picturebook gives the history, origins, and importance of salt throughout the world from ancient civilizations until today. The book is separated into sections which contain full page spread illustrations adding detail to the text and side notes in text boxes to further explain the fascination and wonder of the many uses of salt.

  • Tonya
    2018-10-12 15:18

    This was an intersting look at the history of salt, and how it has changed the world. It takes a look at everything from ancient trade deals, to modern mining. I had read a review of it, so I was surprised when it turned out to be a picture book.

  • Alyssa Prast
    2018-10-13 15:09

    In this social studies educational book, the reader learns about the origins of salt. Salt is extremely important and helped to build nations as they were starting out. This book goes over different aspects of salt and its historical importance.

  • Matt Gaskin
    2018-10-03 18:07

    Every culture has food traditions and these traditions are put in display in this book. This informational text shows how salt played a roll throughout history and all around the world. There is some excellent science and math contained in the book as well.

  • Pyrate Queen
    2018-10-15 21:09

    Travel through time and learn how empires and dynasties have used this little rock to control their power. Learn how different cultures use salt for cooking, barter and their economy and most importantly, discover how salt was vital to the founding of America.

  • M Harris
    2018-09-24 19:02

    I learned a lot of interesting facts from this book!

  • Dulcie
    2018-09-29 15:04

    My daughter gave me a strange look when I pulled out a book about Salt, but this was very interesting, easy to understand, fun to read, and we both loved it.

  • Brooke Nadzam
    2018-09-20 18:22

    Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: NonfictionEstimate of age level of interest: Grades 3-8Estimate of reading level: Grade 7Brief description: A nonfiction book about the history of salt, including the chemical structure of the compound, the impact of salt on ancient cultures and how it brought power, to more modern examples, such as the Salt March with Ghandi.Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: Nonfiction books should give accurate information about a topic. Mark Kurlansky wrote an entire adult novel on the topic of salt; he has researched extensively and is knowledgeable on the subject. The breadth of the book is extensive and he gives brief examples of each significant event to the readers, explaining the significance. He has brought the novel’s contents to a medium that is much more accessible to younger readers.The second characteristic to speak about in juvenile nonfiction is the use of pictures to support the factual text. Each page of The Story of Salt is accompanied by visuals. Some of them are visually accurate, for example a drawing of Ghandi at the end of the Salt March, while others provide comedy, such as the caricatures of a pickle and ham fending off bacteria. The colors and style of the drawings are appropriate for each time period they depict, using black, white, and grey in the Polish salt mines and more lush greens when speaking of the salt collection in America in the Erie Canal.In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience?: This book will appeal to elementary school students, and perhaps even middle school students. It is an easy-to-read history of salt. Kids researching this topic will find the text each to read and the pictures engaging. That said, it does not shy away from using appropriate historic and scientific words, exposing our young readers to proper terminology and vocabulary.Awards if any: ALA Notable Children's Books 2007Horn Book Magazine starred 04/01/07Kirkus Reviews starred 08/01/06School Library Journal starred 10/01/06Links to published reviews from professional sources:Booklist July 2006 (Vol. 102, No. 21)Horn Book Magazine September/October, 2006Publishers Weekly September 18, 2006School Library Journal October 1, 2006

  • Ismail Laraki
    2018-09-23 16:04

    “The Story of Salt”, written by Mark Kurlansky accurately exposes the role of the industry of salt in world history through a variety of contexts mainly including the scientific and cultural role of salt today, the emergence of its use, and the cause and effects of trading the mineral in world history. Firstly, the emergences of salt lead its application to majorly affecting the customs and daily lives of certain societies around the world as it was used for culinary purpose and preservation of objects. More specially, the manufacturing of soy sauce in China led to a higher consuming rate as it was used in every meal and is still used today in modern cuisine, but most importantly, the use of salt in Catholic Europe due to the restrictions regarding meat consummation incredibly rose as Cod fishes’ popularity increased and salt was used for preservation. Secondly, the role of Salt in world’s history led to the economic rise of several societies and control of several trade routs also resulting in rebellions. Indeed, the ancient emperors controlling the Chinese dynasty used the power of salt that “paid the Great Wall of China, which is fifteen hundred miles long (…) It also paid for the Chinese arm,” which served as a safe trade route and effective barrier (Kurlansky 19). Due to the rarity and expensiveness of the salt, taxes were placed in France and India as main goal to enrich the country and feed the French and British armies, which angered the civilizations sparking the French Revolution and Movement of Gandhi resulting India’s independence. Lastly, the scientific enquiries today have forged new concepts on the production of salt making it an essential mineral in today’s lifestyle. That is to say scientist developed methods such as canning to decrease the use of salt in preservation, but most importantly salt mines, drooling, and synthesizing, were the major factors that made salt more abundant, less expensive, and common in modern life. The fact that the author, Mark Kurlansky exposed the mineral of salt as a symbol of the world’s evolution and a historical and scientific manner strongly interested the reader also making this book recommended for readers intrigued by scientific inquiry and the development of the world to modern days. All in all, the “Story of Salt,” has accurately defined the historical and scientific role of an important mineral in world history.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-30 20:03

    I was really excited to find this book as a supplement to our studies about salt around the world. It was the only children's book on the topic I found in our library's system. I read it to our 8 year old and 5 year. It was a bit long for them both, especially the younger one, but overall, I think they enjoyed it. The text level was good for my 8 year old. (I'd say it was good for 8 and up.)What I loved the most about this book was the illustrations. They were fantastically done - a good combination of realistic, humorous, and informative. The color palate was beautiful. I just really loved the illustrations!The text was interesting and on many of the pages was an additional box with further details about salt. We learned some fascinating things about salt itself, and its role in history throughout the world. I really liked that the author tied in the Orient and soy sauce as well as the Romans and garum. One complaint I had about the book is that I felt some of the events were portrayed as too cut and dry - as if salt had been the only reason for certain events. Rarely in history is one solitary thing the cause of an event, especially on a large scale. If the author had used phrases like "salt was a huge factor in X event" or "salt was one reason X happened" I would have been a lot happier. I realize the book is about salt, but you have to make allowances for other facts and truths in a story that is on such a global scale. The other thing I felt needed work was that some of the things talked about needed clarification. In the section on salt and science, the author brings up Clarence Birdseye, but fails to say why preserving food by rapid freezing was related to salt. (It is, the author just didn't explain how.) Another instance is how salt and drilling for oil are related. The author makes it sound as if all oil is found near salt domes. Is that really true? What about oil drilled for in the ocean? Another sentence or two could have cleared this up for the reader. Even just skimming the book, my husband concluded that all oil is found near salt domes and that salt makes oil! Leading readers to false conclusions is a major issue for a book about history.Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it's superb illustrations. I feel it's a valuable contribution to an under represented facet of world history.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-10-17 15:19

    I was reaching for a glass of water by the time I finished reading about all this salt! What drew me immediately into the book was the description in the beginning of the strange properties of the author's rock of salt. Kurlansky then goes into a brief description of the chemistry of salt, and then moves on to how salt is found, mined, or made, and what it's been used for throughout history. I had no idea that the control of salt was connected to political control, as it was in ancient Rome. (Speaking of ancient Rome, I also had no idea how fish sauce was made--ewww! And I've eaten it on food too!) This book had some very interesting side notes that I'd like to explore further. For example, I'd love to know more about the French use of salt to preserve prisoners who had died in 17th-century prisons before their trial dates. I'd also like to know more about the perfectly preserved ancient Celtic salt miner found in the Austrian Alps. This book was so interesting that now I must get Kurlansky's adult book, Salt: a World History to read what other little tidbits he's salted this story with. Salt will be more than just a food additive from now on. Recommended! Added note: I loved S.D. Schindler's illustrations. Kurlansky and Schindler paired up for another children's edition of an adult book, on cod. Gotta get that one too.

  • Hana Sm.
    2018-10-20 17:20

    The book's insert says that it has 48 pages, but it's actually 44 pages of story material. This is a non-fiction book that describes the history of salt throughout history. (In my opinion, it's best suited for 3rd graders and up.) I like how it acknowledges that each continent (well except Australia & Antarctica) was an active participant is producing or trading salt. I learned that salt was even used in Central & South America, which most history books fail to mention because they focus only focus on the Egyptians & Romans. I like how it explains the chemical composition of salt, the benefits that salt does for our bodies,& how salt is produced. You get all this information in addition to the history lesson. One thing that stood out to me, was it described in pictures & detail how each culture viewed salt. --------------------I would break this book down into parts because it's so detailed & long. The history of salt being outlined from ancient times to modern times reminds me of the parts of a story: beginning, middle, and end. So we would do a story map where we discussed what happening with salt in the beginning of time, then the middle ages, and lastly, recent events. I would write down the student responses on the large piece of paper.

  • Becky B
    2018-09-24 18:02

    Kurlansky gives kids a whirlwind history of salt's importance on earth, from the ways it determined top empires to how it impacted the diets of civilizations, and even how it permanently changed our vocabulary.I've read the adult microhistory that Kurlansky boiled down into this picture book. Getting that highly detailed almost 500 page volume summarized into salient points for kids was no mean feat, but Kurlansky managed to do a good job of it. He stayed true to the original purpose while tossing out lots and lots and lots of details that could have lost his younger readers. It's an interesting look at how one little compound has so drastically impacted our world. I love the illustrations in this book to help kids better form a visual image of what is being described as there's several terms or concepts that will be new to most kids. It's a great resource that can be used in science, history or language classes. If you want more details to share with kids about any of the points in this book, I recommend going to the adult version. Each of the points shared here in about one page have numerous chapters in the other book. Both are fascinating.

  • Michele
    2018-10-06 16:04

    I learned a lot about salt while reading this book. Some of it was fascinating, such as the expression "worth his salt" refers to the fact that Roman soldiers were paid in salt. Some of it felt a little simplified in favor of salt, such as the assertion that the location of American towns was due to roads (old animal paths ooking for salt) leading to a salt mine. However, my historian husband assures me that the history of salt is extremely important and relative. I liked the pictures and I liked learning about salt, "the only rock we eat.." I did think that the book is a little disjointed and hard to follow from time to time. Inset windows do not see, to refer to the topic on the page, and remind me a bit of a DK book. I would have liked to have seen a slightly moe thematic vein, rather than just be a listing of facts.

  • Jackie
    2018-10-15 14:08

    The Story of Salt is an informative, nicely illustrated, interesting timeline of the ways salt has played an important part in world's history. Salt is a compound of sodium and chloride which when combined forms a rock-like substance that is essential to life on Earth. Although this book does not drag on or belabor the point, I am not sure how much kids will like reading about the historical significance of salt. Today's kids could not possibly fully understand how coveted this resource was so long ago...after all it is in abundant supply everywhere they look and in virtually every processed food consumed.

  • Donna Crane
    2018-10-20 17:59

    Choosing a ubiquitous material we take for granted and putting it into its larger historical context is a wonderful way to introduce children to the wide ranging, civilization-shaping impact of what's in our tabletop shaker. Ever heard of the Great Wall of China? Paid for by the Tang dynasty's control of the salt trade. World exploration? Only possible with sufficient quantities of salted provisions. Egyptian mummies? You guessed it. They need salt too. Even into the 20th century with Gandhi's Salt March, the story of salt is full of 'tasty' tales. Kurlanksy and Schindler have created an informational text that is a pleasure to look at with its amusing and highly detailed illustrations.

  • Sarah Clark
    2018-10-14 12:58

    A fascinating, whirlwind tour across time, space and cultures that shows how a humble rock, salt, has shaped civilizations, influenced our eating habits, caused revolutions and led to scientific innovation.• Potential Use: Great potential for linking across disciplines, notably science and history.• Child Appeal: Engrossing story will appeal to children interested in food, science, history and/or language. Carefully organized illustrations and side bars invite the reader to explore and easily understand the great importance of a condiment that they might never consciously consider otherwise.

  • Jessica
    2018-09-25 15:12

    The only reason that I'm not giving this five stars is because I wasn't totally in love with it. But I really did like it a whole lot. It's incredibly fascinating how it ties salt into so much history. For example, did you know that salt miners in ancient China were the first to discover and use natural gas? Or that many of the roads commonly used today were created by animals searching for salt? It was so interesting to learn how salt has affected so much of the world's power and how our bodies need salt to survive. This book would be perfect for the type of kid (this is the children's book version) who loves to impress everyone with fun facts.

  • Joanne Zienty
    2018-10-10 18:05

    Such an everyday item -- who would have thought it would have such a fascinating history. This is a great childrens' nonfiction read. It provides a fine overview of the role and value of salt in a wide variety of world cultures. I learned the origins of the expressions "worth his salt" and "salt of the earth" and why the word "salary" is derived from the Latin word for salt. And, surprisingly, how the city of Buffalo, New York got its name. Check it out -- and have a glass of water handy as you read!

  • Mandee
    2018-09-21 21:07

    The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky is an interesting perspective on history based on one trading commodity, SALT. It has captions that explain how salt is the only rock eaten by humans and how much salt the human body contains.The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky has an amazing diagram that shows the elements that are involved in making salt.The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky has headings that highlight the information that the reader is about to embark on, for example "My Rock" and "What is Salt?"

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-05 15:03

    This is actually not the book I meant to order from the library--I was looking for Kurlansky's history of salt for adults--but since this volume arrived for me today, I thought I'd give it a read. The authors provide lots of little details (for instance, I now know that 'worth his salt' comes from Roman legionaries getting paid for their service in salt), and if the text seems a bit sprawling and unfocused, well, credit that to the vast importance salt has had in the history of human society.