Accidents May Happen

Accidents May Happen

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by Charlotte Jones
     
 

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From Wheaties to telephones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, here are the inspiring and often funny stories of 50 mistakes and misunderstandings that helped bring about life as we know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky facts, this fascinating compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them."


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From Wheaties to telephones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, here are the inspiring and often funny stories of 50 mistakes and misunderstandings that helped bring about life as we know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky facts, this fascinating compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them."


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 2600 B.C., a dozing Egyptian slave created the first loaf of bread when the dough rose during his nap. According to Accidents May Happen: Fifty Inventions Discovered by Mistake, by Charlotte Foltz Jones, with black-and-white illustrations by John O'Brien, the world can thank some of history's lesser-known bunglers for peanut brittle, nitrous oxide and a raft of other indispensable inventions that continue to stand the test of time.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Charlotte Jones book is filled with trivia and storytelling that revolves around odd occurrences that resulted in success. Most of these are told with a kid-slant. Prussian king Frederick the Great, disgusted by those who wiped noses on their sleeves, ordered buttons put on his soldier's sleeves so that his men would receive a good scratch if they were tempted. Along with anecdotes there are also a ton of "flabbergasting facts" about everything from Corn Flakes to dynamite.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6In this interesting and informative presentation, readers learn that scientific discoveries and inventions are not always the fruits of formal investigation. They are often the result of quirky and silly mishaps or misunderstandings. As in their book Mistakes That Worked (Doubleday, 1994), this author and illustrator team looks at "accidents" that had such fortuitous outcomes as ice-cream sodas, Worcestershire sauce, the yo-yo, cellophane, liquid paper, and dynamite. Jam-packed with stories, facts, and black-and-white cartoons, this is a well-conceived introduction to science that will pique the interest of young readers.Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Stephanie Zvirin
As she did in "Mistakes That Worked" (1991), Jones plunges into human cultural and technological history to summarize the origins of a variety of household items, foodstuffs, medicines, and more--from yo-yos to Avon cosmetics to dynamite to typewriter keyboards. The great full-color illustrations in the earlier book have been replaced by black-and-white sketches, but the pictures still exude a humor that aptly captures the totally oddball beginnings of some things we take for granted. Popular nursery rhymes seem an odd inclusion, though the information is interesting all the same. Kids familiar with the previous volume will enjoy this one; kids who read this first will want "Mistakes" next. Wonderful for browsers and trivia addicts; a bibliography is included.
Kirkus Reviews
In this entertaining companion volume to Mistakes that Worked (1994), Jones describes more of the often humorous incidents that resulted in inventions, products, and fashions. The telephone and photography are discussed as well as cellophane, Bakelite, Masonite, and dynamite. Another chapter offers speculation as to the origins of yeast, raisins, coffee, and vinegar, without much in the way of documentation, and a part of a chapter is devoted to the meanings of some nursery rhymes (it's never clear what they have to do with inventions). Nevertheless, this is entertaining reading, with whimsical black-and-white drawings, places to write for more information, a brief bibliography, and an index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307554123
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/31/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
708,471
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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