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The Resource The boy who invented the popsicle : the cool science behind Frank Epperson's famous frozen treat, Anne Renaud, Milan Pavlović

The boy who invented the popsicle : the cool science behind Frank Epperson's famous frozen treat, Anne Renaud, Milan Pavlović

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The boy who invented the popsicle : the cool science behind Frank Epperson's famous frozen treat
Title
The boy who invented the popsicle
Title remainder
the cool science behind Frank Epperson's famous frozen treat
Statement of responsibility
Anne Renaud, Milan Pavlović
Title variation
boy who invented the Popsicle
Title variation remainder
the cool science behind Frank Eppersons famous frozen treat
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eng
Summary
"A curious child who always knew he wanted to be an inventor when he grew up, Frank spent much of his youth experimenting in his basement laboratory -- mixing and measuring, testing and inspecting, studying and scrutinizing. One of his favorite things to experiment with was soda water, and one day after discovering the perfect flavoring for his most recent invention, he left it outside on his back porch with a spoon in it. The next morning, the drink had frozen solid -- he had invented a frozen treat. It wasn't until he was an adult that Frank decided to market his invention. At first, he called it the "Ep-sicle," but with his nine children constantly begging, "Pop, can we have a 'sicle"?" he changed the name to the Popsicle. The science experiments that young Frank performs in the story are interweaved throughout the narrative, so readers can experiment right along with him. At the end of the book are additional historical notes about Frank and his invention, along with photos and a bibliography."--
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  • PreS-Gr 3—From an early age, Frank Epperson knew he wanted to be an inventor. He understood that serious inventors had to experiment before achieving success. The experiments he enjoyed most were ones that used flavored soda water. Epperson loved the sound of the bubbles popping in the water and found that adding different fruits to his concoctions created delicious, fizzy drinks. During an unusual cold snap in 1905 in his native California, Epperson experimented by leaving a glass of flavored soda water outside overnight. The next morning he discovered his water had frozen solid. Later, noticing the popularity of chocolate-covered ice cream on a stick, Epperson recalled his early experiment and marketed his frozen treat as the "Ep-sicle." By that time, Frank was married and had nine children, who would frequently ask, "Pop, can we have a 'sicle?" Thus, the catchy name was born. The mixed-media illustrations are bright and express Frank's enthusiasm. Use of speech and thought bubbles also add interest. There are directions for four experiments sprinkled throughout the story. Placing them together in the back rather than in the midst of the narrative might have made for a smoother read. VERDICT Useful in STEM and history lessons, as well as an inspiring story of a young person's passion and perseverance. Recommended for most collections.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY --Sara-Jo Lupo Sites (Reviewed 11/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 10, p78)
  • Boxing is known as the sweet science, but the inventor of the Popsicle, might disagree. Born in 1894, Frank William Epperson always seemed to know he wanted to be a great inventor when he grew up. He was an inquisitive young boy, always pondering big questions: "Do goldfish sleep? Do ants have ears? Do woodpeckers get headaches from pecking all day?" Frank's back porch was his laboratory, where he "tinkered and tested. Analyzed and scrutinized." When he was 10, he built a handcar with two handles and zipped around the neighborhood. But it was his interest in liquids, flavored soda waters in particular, that led to his great invention. One unusually cold San Francisco night in 1905, he left one of his drinks outside, and by morning it had frozen. "He had invented a frozen drink on a stick!" But it wasn't until years later that the adult Epperson acted on the memory. He created a box in which he could freeze several test tubes filled with fruit juice and created the Ep-sicle to sell at shops, county fairs, and beaches. Pavlovic's exuberant mixed-media illustrations are the perfect complement to Renaud's lively text. They even intersperse science experiments to help young readers understand the science behind Frank's procedures. Epperson, his family, and his environs were white; the final double-page spread offers a diverse cast of characters united in their love of Epperson's invention, now called Popsicles. Sweet. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2019)
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individual biography
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10816850
Cataloging source
NLC
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1957-
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Renaud, Anne
Dewey number
641.86/3092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
TX795
LC item number
.R46 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • -1
  • 3
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Pavlović, Milan
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True
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  • Epperson, Frank
  • Children as inventors
  • Ice pops
  • Food
  • Epperson, Frank
  • Children as inventors
  • Ice pops
  • Food
Target audience
primary
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the cool science behind Frank Epperson's famous frozen treat
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The boy who invented the popsicle : the cool science behind Frank Epperson's famous frozen treat, Anne Renaud, Milan Pavlović
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1083308014
Dimensions
24 x 27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781525300288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1083308014
Label
The boy who invented the popsicle : the cool science behind Frank Epperson's famous frozen treat, Anne Renaud, Milan Pavlović
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1083308014
Dimensions
24 x 27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781525300288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1083308014

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