This book is an excellent way to teach history through hands-on activities. Kids will not even realize they are learning about our colonial history while they are reading this fascinating account of the food eaten during this time period. Kids will learn about the dangers of fireplace cooking (many women burned to death because their dresses would catch on fire), the origins of "Soul Food", and the paramount importance of the Native Americans to the survival of the first colonists. It it written for nine to twelve year-olds so it fits perfect with the fifth grade social studies curriculum but my eighth grade students also love it. Students can use it for their eighth or fifth grade US History project presentations. They can present the history of colonial cooking while serving Johnnycakes or Peanut Soup.