Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix
A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar
In 1801, the proud citizens of Cheshire, Massachusetts boasted that their cheese was the very best. But then they heard the shocking news: President Jefferson was serving Norton cheese at the White House! What to do? Elder John Leland had an idea. A very large idea. If everyone worked together, they could make a cheese so large that President Jefferson would be serving Cheshire cheese at the White House for years to come. How the villagers of Cheshire create a true cheese-making miracle and transport it to the nation's capitol makes a spirited, rollicking tale. Based on a true moment in American history, this funny picture book celebrates the ingenuity and community spirit of one small New England town as it attempts to make the country's biggest cheese for the nation's greatest man.
Lessons Associated with this Resource
- It's a MOO-stery! (Grades K-2)
- It's a MOO-stery! (Grades 3-5)
- FoodMASTER: Milk and Cheese
- Cheesemaking: A Science, an Art, and a Craft (Grades 3-5)