George Crum and the Saratoga Chip
By Gaylia Taylor
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Growing up in the 1830s in Saratoga Springs, New York, isn't easy for George Crum. Picked on at school because of the color of his skin, George escapes into his favorite pastimes — hunting and fishing.
Soon George learns to cook too, and as a young man he lands a job as chef at the fancy Moon's Lake House. George loves his work, except for the fussy customers, who are always complaining! One hot day George's patience boils over, and he cooks up a potato dish so unique it changes his life forever.
Readers will delight in this spirited story of the invention of the potato chip — one of America's favorite snack foods. George Crum and the Saratoga Chip is a testament to human ingenuity, and a tasty slice of culinary history.
About the Creators
was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a retired Reading Recovery® teacher who is pursuing a full-time career writing children’s books. She is the author of Bebop Books’ Family Picnic, The Dashiki, and First Day at School. LEE & LOW's George Crum and the Saratoga Chip was her first picture book. When she isn’t writing, Gaylia loves to travel. Taylor lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband.
is the illustrator of several award-winning books published by LEE & LOW BOOKS. He has also received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration for Jazzy Miz Mozetta. His artwork is included in many private collections, including those of Bill Cosby and Maya Angelou. Morrison lives with his family in Hampton, Georgia. To find out more about Frank Morrison, visit his Web site: www.morrisongraphics.com
About This Title
Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist
Texas Library Association (TLA)
Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education
Distinguished Children's Biography List
Cleveland Public Library
Interest Level:Grades 1 - 5
Reading Level:Grades 3 - 4
Nonfiction, Occupations, Native American Interest, Imagination, Food, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, African/African American Interest, Biracial Interest
African American English Collection Grades 3-6, African American English Collection Middle School, Biography and Memoir Middle School, Nonfiction Collection Middle School, Native American English Collection Middle School, Fluent Dual Language Spanish/English Collection, Fluent English Collection, English Historical Fiction Grades 3-6, Biography and Memoir Grades 3-6, Appendix B Diverse Collection Grades 3-6, English Guided Reading Level Q, Diverse Background English Collection Grades 3-6, Native American English Collection, Native American English Collection Grades 3-6, Nonfiction Collection Grades 3-6, Black History Month Special Collection