How can chocolate be so boring?

January 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Foods and Medicines from the Rainforests by Adrian Forsyth; published by Owl Books, Toronto; 1995.

Although the photographs are beautiful and the layout includes icons of the rainforest, the text-heavy book is hard to work through.  The pages are laden with text, and although the font is large, it appears tightly packed on each page.  Information literacy could be reinforced with this book, however.  It includes text boxes in bright colors which highlight important information.  Each chapter focuses on a specific lesson in rainforest science and an index highlights topics children would be interested in.

I would use this more with middle school aged children rather than elementary students because of the text-heavy format.  However, I would include it in a kit about chocolate or recommend it for more information about rainforests.  Information is better presented and more accessible to children on some museum websites (online exhibits) and in other, newer books.

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