Mars Family: M&M Mars Candy Makers

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In this title, unwrap the lives of talented Milky Way bars and M&M's makers, Frank Mars and Forrest Mars Sr.! Readers will enjoy getting the scoop on this Food Dude family, beginning with Frank's childhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Students can follow his success story from making candy with his mother as a boy to his establishment of the Mar-O-Bar Company. Forrest Sr.'s childhood is also highlighted, from his childhood in Canada and college experience at Berkeley to his reunion with Frank and the conception of the Milky Way bar. Engaging text familiarizes readers with topics of interest including the M&M's story, other Mars Inc. acquisitions and brand developments, and Mars privacy and family life. An entertaining sidebar, a helpful timeline, a glossary, and an index, supplement the historical and color photos showcased in this inspiring biography.

Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Checkerboard Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF007000, JNF014000, JNF061010
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Biographies, Careers
Copyright 2015
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Checkerboard Library
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Season 2015-01-01
ISBN 9781624034978, 9781629688916
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 338.7
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
Dimensions 8 x 8
Lexile 810
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
ATOS Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 142385
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Timeline of key events
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Food Dudes Set 1 - School Library Connection

There are photographs in every chapter, and a timeline of major events and a related facts page end each book. As reference material, this series would be helpful to students when they are beginning to learn to do research since so many primary sources are included. The books would also be valuable when young readers are assigned a biography to read.

Food Dudes Set 1 – Horn Book Guide

These corporate histories contain some intriguing tidbits about the lives and methods of the inventors and entrepreneurs. . . . Photographs of the people and their products are interspersed throughout the texts.

Mars Family: M&M Mars Candy Makers (Food Dudes) – Booklist

Filled with photos, this small, square entry in the Food Dudes series gives a concise look at how a candy empire was created. In short, simple sentences, Mattern writes frankly about the complicated family dynamics among the Mars clan as she creates a compelling portrait of a single company’s growth. With such kid-familiar products at the story’s center, this glimpse of business history will likely attract young grade-schoolers seeking material for basic biography reports. A time line, a page of “Fun Bites” facts, and a link to the publisher’s website, where students can find more online resources, conclude.

Food Dudes Set 1 – School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

Divided into easily digestible chapter spreads, these books explore the lives of noteworthy food-industry pioneers and how famous franchises and products, such as Gatorade and McDonald’s, were invented and/or developed. A “Fun Bites” section at the end of each book highlights interesting trivia about the products. Colorful, captioned photographs enhance the information and create visual appeal for a broad range of learning levels. Clear, purposeful language stresses the importance of hard work and diligence and conveys a sense of excitement for the science of invention.

Author: Joanne Mattern