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George Crum and the Saratoga Chip
Written by Gaylia Taylor, Illustrated by Frank Morrison

If you made a list of your favorite snacks, you would probably list one that was invented by George Crum. Who was George Crum?

Not many people expected George to do anything so great. After all, didn't he have trouble in school? Didn't his classmates make fun of him? And, wasn't he full of fun, joking and teasing often with his little sister? Certainly no one in the early 1800s expected this man of color to become a celebrated chef! Only white people could become chefs!

But, George rode the ripples from the stones thrown into his life's pond to become the most famous chef in Saratoga Springs. Even then, fussy people occasionally complained about his cooking and made fun of him, but he learned to let those ripples pass him without much notice...all except one...and he rode that one into the history books to become the inventor of one of your favorite snacks. So what was this snack, you ask? Read George Crum and the Saratoga Chip to find out!

A perfect literary addition for Black History Month because George's parents were African-American and Native American!

Research Links
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

Recipes for Kids from the San Diego Zoo
Patently Absurd Inventions Archive (Check out the Toilet Snorkle)
Who Invented Cotton Candy?

More Food Inventors

Waiter Joke

Great African American Literature
with Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans!

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor



A 12-Page Unit for George Crum and the Saratoga Chip is a part of a collection of 40 units in The Ripple Effect.

The literature guide for George Crum, written by Suzy Red includes:

Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Crossword Puzzle: Potato Crossword
Where in the World is Saratoga Springs? Map Study
Evaluating the Illustrations
Vocabulary Pairs
Chip Check-up
Research an Important Invention An Important Invention: Who-What-Where-When-Why-How?
Figuring Fractions with a Favorite Recipe
Ripples in the Stream of Life: What If?
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Answer Keys

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