The Story of Salt

The Story of Salt

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By (author) Mark Kurlansky, Illustrated by S D Schindler

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  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 277mm x 13mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0399239987
  • ISBN 13: 9780399239984
  • Sales rank: 395,303

Product description

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 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.

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Author information

Mark Kurlansky is the "New York Times" bestselling author of many books, including "The Food of a Younger Land," "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World"; "Salt: A World History"; "1968: The Year That Rocked the World"; and "The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell." He lives in New York City. S. D. Schindler lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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"[T]his salutary...micro-history will have young readers lifting their shakers in tribute." --Kirkus Reviews, *starred review* "Kurlansky uses salt as the lens through which to present a new perspective on history. [T]he author mixes science, history, and personal anecdotes, resulting in a fascinating look at this amazing substance. Schindler's humorously detailed pen-and-ink drawings with colorful washes enliven the narrative and help to convey the wealth of information in the text. A lively and well-researched title, with exemplary art." --School Library Journal, *starred review*