A child wonders where chocolate comes from and learns about cocoa farmers and how cocoa beans are harvested in West Africa and chocolate makers and how cocoa beans are made into chocolate at a factory. This illustrated narrative nonfiction book includes a map of where cocoa trees are grown, a glossary, and further resources.
This title will go through the process of how chocolate is made. It will be begin at the cacao tree farms where cacao beans are cleaned and prepped. It will then follow the cacao beans to the manufacturer where they are roasted, winnowed, and turned into delicious chocolate! Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
“Everyone loves chocolate, right? But how many people actually know where chocolate comes from? How it’s made? Or that monkeys do their part to help this delicious sweet exist? This delectable dessert comes from cocoa beans, which grow on cocoa trees in tropical rain forests. But those trees couldn’t survive without the help of a menagerie of rain forest critters- a pollen-sucking midge, an aphid-munching anole lizard, brain-eating coffin fly maggots they all pitch in to help the cocoa tree survive. A secondary layer of text delves deeper into statements such as “Cocoa flowers can’t bloom without cocoa leaves . . . and maggots,” explaining the interdependence of the plants and animals in the tropical rain forests. Two wise-cracking bookworms appear on every page, adding humor and further commentary, making this book accessible to readers of different ages and reading levels. Back matter includes information about cocoa farming and rain forest preservation, as well as an author’s note.”