Who Was Milton Hershey?

By: James Buckley Jr. Illustrator: Ted Hammond


Milton Hershey was born on September 13, 1857, in Hockersville, Pennsylvania. He dropped out of school when he was 12 years old, so he could get a job to help his family. A few years later, when he was 15 years old, he started working at Royer's Ice Cream and Candy Shop, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That candy shop did not sell chocolate, so Milton started to dream about creating his own chocolate. It took Milton a long time to experiment with different ingredients, but he finally found the perfect recipe and made chocolate a very cheap and popular candy in The United States. In 1900, he invented and named it, "The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar." When Milton reached his dreams and made so many people happy with his world famous Hershey chocolate bars, he decided to think of more goals and dreams. In 1903, Milton began working on his factory and building Hershey, Pennsylvania, which is the town that is named after him. After years of hard work, Milton Hershey became very well known for doing so many good things for people; such as sending his candy bars overseas to the military, opening schools for needy children, and starting an orphanage for children who had no home or parents.

Description of what I learned from the book:

When reading the book, "Who Was Milton Hershey?," I learned that this year will be the 100th anniversary of Hershey Park being opened to the public. Milton Hershey first opened the park to his family and his employees in 1905; but he did not let outsiders visit the park until 1915.

Book Review:

I liked reading the book, "Who Was Milton Hershey?" because I love chocolate! The book taught me all about the first man who made chocolate in the United States and it even gave me his own famous milk chocolate recipe. It also told me how Hershey town, the Hershey factory, and Hershey, PA became famous. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes chocolate because it gives you lots of cool information about the history of how it was made and how it became so popular. This book deserves five stars!

Lexile Level: 780