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Title:Travels and Tastes Through Time
Alt. Title:Explore Massachusetts: Travels and Tastes Through Time
Pub. date: 2004, rev 2009
Edition: 1-4
Includes: Newsletters
Audience: Children, elementary school, middle school
Language: English
Description:A series of four newsletters designed for children in grades 4-6 and their families. It features foods, nutrition, and physical activity in the context of American and Massachusetts history. Features include articles about children's lives in four different historical time periods, a time line, "Ask Boston Bean", a recipe and some enrichment questions or activities to enhance student learning. Issues cover life during the late 1800's and early 1900's, with a time line from 1847 to the 1950's that specifically includes Pilgrims and the Mayflower, Paul Revere and the Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution, and Post WIII era.
Funding Source: USDA Food Stamp Nutrition Education
Developer: University of Massachusetts Extension
Phone: 413-545-6546
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: This set of engaging newsletters, with consistent features across issues, has a colorful, easy to read, professionally designed look and layout. Young readers will learn how children lived in different periods, how they ate, and what they did for work and play while learning good nutrition and physical activity principles. Some information in the newsletters is specific to Massachusetts, though much of the historical information also relates to US history.

Portion distortion and features on calories burned per activity are well suited to 2005 Dietary Guidelines. Limited reference MyPyramid information does fit with new MyPlate information. Recipes appear in each issue, and although some are historically-based, they use readily available ingredients and are generally healthy. The Indian Pudding and Irish Potato Cakes use with low-non-fat milk and the Dried Apple Rings and Granola encourage fruit and whole grains. Recipes include selected nutrient information. Issues include suggestions for enrichment activities and quiz type features which can promote interaction.

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Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: UMASS Outreach Bookstore
    Mail: 101 University Drive, Ste A4
Amherst, MA 01002-2385
    Phone: (413) 545-5537
    Fax: (413) 545-5174
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 18.00 per 25 issues
    Avail. in Qty: Yes

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