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Peanut Butter & November

November 14, 2016
By Misty Teasdale , OVParent

Most Americans associate the month of November with food. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin everything, and peanut butter.

Wait, peanut butter???

OK, so peanut butter may not be a staple on most Thanksgiving menus, but November is actually National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month! Southern peanut growers started the celebration in November of 1990. Nov. 4 is the anniversary of the first patent for peanut butter, applied for by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg on Nov. 4, 1895. It grew to a month-long celebration in 1995 when peanut butter celebrated its 100th birthday.

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Here are some more interesting peanut butter facts from nationalpeanut board.org that could possibly show up in your Trivia Crack game:

- Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.

- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

- There are enough peanuts in one acre of a peanut farm to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

- By law, any product labeled "peanut butter" in the U.S. must be at least 90 percent peanuts.

Fascinating stuff, I know. My guess is that your kids will probably find these two really cool picture books starring peanut butter much more interesting.

"Peanut Butter & Cupcake"

by Terry Border

I love this story even if the title is misleading. Peanut Butter is most definitely the star, but Cupcake only has a very small role. This humorous book features very inventive and laugh-out-loud funny photography. It is a tale about Peanut Butter's quest to find a friend. He always approaches potential friends (Hamburger, Cupcake, Soup, Egg and French Fries) with the same rhyme:

"Hello, I'm new here and I'd like to play/Maybe now, maybe later - or even all day/I'll make you chuckle deep in down in your belly/And we'll go together like Peanut Butter and ..."

No one seems interested or even fits. Finally, Jelly comes along, and Peanut Butter finds his soul mate.

"Peanut Butter & Brains" by Joe McGee

Unlike other zombies, Reginald isn't happy eating brains. What he really craves is good old peanut butter and jelly. If only he could convince his zombie friends to try it.

This book isn't just about zombies and their limited nutritional focus; it's a story about embracing what makes you unique and being true to yourself. Charles Santoso's illustrations make this book deliciously sweet instead of scary.

Misty Teasdale is children's services coordinator for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

 
 

 

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