Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones
Mistakes That Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions And How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones
Review by Lauren
source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!
Review: Mistakes that Worked: The World's Familiar Inventions and How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones is a quick, interesting book. It's perfect for older elementary students, but I think older readers would enjoy this too as it gives you some fun background information about popular inventions. Who knew so many of the things we love and use today were invented because of a mistake? The book is also full of black and white illustrations by John O'Brien, which always makes a nonfiction book even more interesting.
Some of the inventions that are focused on in this book are chocolate chip cookies, frozen dinner rolls, and even X-Rays! One of the things that I really loved about this book is that some entries even have a few fun facts included at the end. For example, one story is about tea and a fun fact at the end of the entry is that "thirty-five percent of the world's tea comes from China." Interesting, huh? I'm a huge fan of random facts so these were a lot of fun for me!
Like I mentioned earlier, this is a really quick read. I finished it in an hour or two but I'm sure some really fast readers could finish a lot sooner. However, hopefully the information within the pages will just make you curious to learn more!