What You Never Knew About Fingers, Forks, Chopsticks (Around-the-house History)

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Stone Age people invented the first knives...and also the first spoons.

In the Middle Ages the first books of manners told readers to wipe their greasy fingers on the tablecloth. And in 1669 King Louis XIV ordered that table knives should have rounded ends because there'd been too many stabbings.

In What You Never Knew About Fingers, Forks, & Chopsticks, Patricia Lauber and John Manders serve up a hilarious and informative look at how ways of eating and manners have changed through the ages. This well-researched tour of social history makes the subject of how we eat more fascinating and fun than you ever imagined it could be.

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Patricia Lauber is the author of the Around-the-House series and more than 125 other books for young people. Her Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of St. Helens was a Newbery Honor Book. She lives with her husband and two cats, Beemer and MeToo, in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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Like James Giblin's From Hand to Mouth (1987), this view of social history through food utensils and table manners is both informative and hilarious. The simple words make you think about what you take for granted ("The first step in eating is to bring food to your mouth . . . . Each society has rules about the proper way to eat. Fingers have always been with us. But chopsticks, forks, knives and spoons have not."). Manders' wonderfully garish cartoon vignettes on every page extend the gross and the pretentious. From the development of Stone Age knives, to the table etiquette in ancient China and Rome, to the invention of the three-pronged fork, we get to see both the utility and the arbitrariness of what different cultures (including our own) consider refined manners. When did knives get rounded ends? How do people eat with chopsticks? Why did it take so long for forks to catch on? Why do Americans use forks like spoons? Read aloud from the Middle Ages' book of etiquette ("Do not put your face in your food, snort, or smack your lips while eating. . . . Do not lick your greasy fingers or wipe them on your coat. Wipe them on the tablecloth"). Then, at the end, there's the double-page spread of table manners for today's "very refined" people, with a final scene of a messy present-day cookout. Children can laugh at the visceral comedy; they may also think about how their own customs appear to foreigners. Hazel Rochman

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