CHEWING GUM by Norma E. Lee


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The Wampanoag Indians chewed spruce gum, which was all any of us used until paraffin was discovered in 1830 and chicle processed in 1875. Lee has the nerve to go on like this, blandly enumerating categories of chewers (soldiers, ball players, jet passengers) and their obvious reasons for chewing, in a text we might expect to come free on a wrapper. As for Friedman's silly black and white drawings of people behind pink bubbles or tangled in pink strands (there are also some deprived pilgrims chewing fingernails), they are so inept that they end up being funny after all.

Pub Date: May 28th, 1976
Publisher: Prentice-Hall