Mistakes That Worked

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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!

Presents the stories behind forty things that were invented or named by accident, including aspirin, X-rays, ...

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Overview

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!

Presents the stories behind forty things that were invented or named by accident, including aspirin, X-rays, frisbees, silly putty, and velcro.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Jones gathers together in a splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining. Jones has great fun with facts, dredging up plenty in a lively, anecdotal account that recollects the oddball origins of a variety of foods, clothing, toys, and devices....A gem of a book."—Booklist, starred review.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Droll cartoons illustrate the stories behind the invention of such everyday items as Silly Putty, trouser cuffs, popsicles and penicillin. Ages 8-up. June
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Too often children think that inventions come magically and immediately. This book helps dispel that myth. The author tells the story behind inventions as varied as Silly Putty and ice cream cones. She shows how serendipity, accident and challenge play big parts in the scientific process. All forty inventions have kid-appeal and the stories are told with animated playfulness.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
"Oops!" became "Aha!" when what went amiss turned into "Brown 'n serve" rolls, Coca-Cola, Post-it Notes, safety glass, Silly Putty, and tea-bags, among other Mistakes That Worked. How these inventions came to be is delightfully related by Charlotte Foltz Jones in a collection of short, short stories easily read alone or aloud during those just-before-the-bell-rings, in-between-subjects, or any other minute-or-two change-of-pace times.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- For those readers who feel as though they've yet to accomplish anything in life, these discoveries will come as a great relief. None of the inventions described in these pages were planned; in fact, some of the inventors had no idea they'd stumbled on something useful until years later, when their works became popular. Jones covers both patented inventions Silly Putty, Popsicles, Coca Cola and generic ones bricks, donut holes, cheese. She also throws in some place names whose monikers were coined accidentally. The loony watercolor sketches and all the extras here--fun facts, recipes, and anecdotes--are perfect for browsing. This book covers material similar to that in Wulffson's The Invention of Ordinary Things Lothrop, 1981 and Steven Caney's Invention Book Workman, 1985, but both are without the specific slant of ``mistaken discovery.'' The only detriment to this otherwise versatile book is the cartoon stereotypes of the Eskimo, Native American, and Chinese man. --Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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Sometimes "mistakes" are the mother of invention. Take 3M's Post-it Notes for instance, or chocolate-chip cookies, popsicles, x-rays, and more, depicted here in lively text & colorful illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385320436
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 78
  • Sales rank: 73,490
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLOTTE FOLTZ JONES was an author of award-winning nonfiction books for children, as well as numerous magazine articles.

JOHN O'BRIEN is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker magazine and has illustrated many popular children's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Love, love, love this book!!!!

    I have a 9-year old that is either way about books, but REALLY into science, invention, and experimentation. This book HIT THE MARK! for him. Great stories on how every-day inventions were actually initially errors, turned into successes. Great life lessons in this. I bought copies for my favorite teachers and kids.

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