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The fascinating history of chocolate told for children just beginning to read. Follows the story of the world’s most popular treat from its origins in the rainforests of Central America to shops and factories everywhere. Featuring the humorous illustrations of Adam Larkum. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Book information

Age
5+
Key Stage
KS1 E
Lexile Measure
760L
Book Band
White
CEFR Level
B1
Accelerated Reader level
4.7 LY
Hardback with ribbon marker
ISBN: 9780746080542
Extent: 48 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Illustrator
Adam Larkum

Author information

Katie Daynes

Katie Daynes has written oodles of books for Usborne, from lifting the flaps on germs and poo, through things to spot in the sea and at school, to the life stories of Nelson Mandela and Marie Antoinette. She wrote My First Chess Book after being taught by her son, Joe Birks, who became the British Under 9 Chess Champion in 2017. She now lives in Yorkshire with her architect husband, two inquisitive children and a hamster called Toffee. When she’s not writing books, Katie likes walking on the blustery moors, meeting friends for coffee and playing competitive board games.

Reader reviews

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“A Tasty Book”
It is fascinating to read that the world's most popular treat has such a weird history. This book will take you from cocoa beans to Cadbury's, Lindt and Hershey's.

Press reviews

“Hard to judge a reading series by one book alone, but this title has all the right ingredients and even a recipe. Simple text is complemented by quirky cartoon-like artwork, while speech bubbles inject humour and help the story along. Usborne describes the books as "stories" for newly independent readers, but this one belongs more comfortably on the non-fiction shelf, tracing the origin of chocolate from the South American rainforest to the sweetshop. Mayan kings and priests liked their cocoa cold and frothy, but the Spanish, who learned of cocoa from the Aztecs, preferred theirs hot and sweet.”

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  • Usborne Reading Programme
    Find out more about the Usborne Reading Programme, download a chart of the seven levels and watch an interview with reading consultant Alison Kelly.
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