Back of Book:
Step right up and read about the debut of cotton candy at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904!
The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, was an exhibition like none other. It had huge buildings for displaying all sorts of inventions and machines, exhibits from all around the world, and vendors selling new foods, including something called Fairy Floss, which we now call cotton candy.
In this book, a young girl named Lily and her Aunt Mae are told all about Fairy Floss by John Wharton, one of the inventors. Lily can’t wait to go to the Fair and see how it’s made. While there, she even makes a batch for herself!
My students all love cotton candy. When I found a picture book about the creators of Fairy Floss, I knew I had to share it with my class. The story follows Lillie and her Aunt Mae as they travel to the World Fair and see the many inventions that were a part of the showcase there. I love that the text of this book teaches readers about several aspects of the World Fair. It also educates readers about the candy making process. There is a nice historical note in the back of the book that shares more about the creators of the electric machine to spin the sugar. William Morrison and John Wharton worked hard and sold their machine in many candy stores. The illustrations in this book are soft and whimsical. A perfect book to read when sharing STEM concepts or inventions.
Ages 5 and up