Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog
written by Adrienne Sylver; illustrated by Elwood H. Smith
(Dutton Children's Books) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library

Hot Diggity Dog combines two of my favorite things, history and food, to make a flavorful concoction that is sure to please. Author Adrienne Sylver begins by tracing the beginnings of sausage in the Roman Empire. How hot dogs got their start is up for debate with Germans and Austrians laying claim to the first hot dog. One of the treats of this book are the interesting sidebars included on every other page. While discussing the origin of the hot dog bun, Sylver mentions in a sidebar that the Pilgrims brought the doughnut to America from Holland. Note to self: buy a dozen to celebrate on Thanksgiving morning. Other topics mentioned in the book include ballpark food and why hot dogs are such a popular food. If you are teaching a lesson on sequence, Hot Diggity Dog would be a good source text. You could also read this book and ask students which of the hot dogs cited in the book would be their favorite. Then you could take that information and create a graph. I'm torn between my native Southern slaw dog and the Chicago dog that I purchased from a vendor outside the Field Museum.

Other reviews of Hot Diggity Dog:
Cynsations: Interview with Adrienne Sylver
Carol's Corner
Rasco from RIF

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