Popcorn Palace’s Favorite Popcorn Folktales

18 Feb

In Native American folklore, some tribes believed that each kernel of corn housed a tiny spirit, whose only desire was to live in quiet and contentment. When the houses of these spirits became too warm, the spirits would grow angry, and begin to shake their kernels. When the heat grew unbearable, these spirits would leap from their homes, transforming into a puff of steam which would carry them elsewhere.

The cultural stories and folklore surrounding popcorn are just as interesting as popcorn, itself – and, just as popcorn has traveled alongside humanity for quite some time, many of these stories have been around for a while.

At Popcorn Palace, our love of all things popcorn extends to the cultural history and folktales of this delicious and nutritious snack. Here are some of our favorite stories, on our favorite topic. We hope you’ll enjoy them, alongside one of our delectable gourmet treats.

The Popcorn Book by Tomie DePaola

In this classic favorite, a group of kids get together for a lively popcorn-making adventure. As the story unfolds, so does a lesson on the history of popcorn, itself. The author also shares fun scientific facts about popcorn, including what makes popcorn pop, and other details.

The Purloined Corn Popper: A Felicity Snell Mystery by E.W. Hildick

In this children’s mystery, the family corn popper goes missing. At his mother’s suggestion, Tim requests assistance from Felicity Snell, the town’s new librarian (who is also a former undercover agent) – and the help of a team of neighborhood kids.

McBroom Tells a Lie (The Adventures of Mcbroom) by Sid Fleischman
Farmer McBroom and his family own the best farm around – a magical place, where things grow faster than anywhere else. In this story, they save their farm from a conniving neighbor who wants to claim their land for himself – through the use of a Popcornmobile, frozen sunlight, and lightning bugs.

Mr Picklepaw’s Popcorn by Ruth Adams
When Mr. Picklepaw climbs to the roof of an overheated storage shed, the kernels inside explode into a mountain of popcorn, leaving him stranded at the top. Mr. Picklepaw faces the challenge of removing himself from this predicament – but not before the townspeople feast on his misfortune.

People of Corn: A Mayan Story by Mary-Joan Gerson

For the Mayans, each corn crop is welcomed as a miracle, and harvested with gratitude, and celebration. Beginning with the importance of corn in Mayan history and culture, this folktale tells how the Mayan gods strove to create the people of corn, in hopes that they would remember and honor their creators.

At Popcorn Palace, we believe in creating tales of community and connection through the sharing of delicious, nutritious treats. For more information on fun popcorn fundraising for your organization, visit Popcorn Palace.


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