The Slimy Book of Spit

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Slippery, slimy, spit. In your mouth, it helps you speak and eat. It even cleans your teeth. But out of your mouth, it’s a disgusting drooly mess. Learn what’s so great about this gross bodily fluid.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - David Adams
Where in the world do people spit on newborn babies to wish them good luck? What group of people spits to show respect and goodwill? Find out in this irreverent look at spit. Readers learn how this fluid is made and what is does, including its role in digestion, protector of the teeth, and using saliva tests as an alternative to blood tests. The reader will also learn the dark side of spit. Spitting, for example, generally has a bad reputation today, but that was not always the case. The book's impertinent tone should appeal to reluctant readers and even those not so reluctant. Colorful photographs complement the educational and jesting text. There are, of course, the obligatory drooling photos of babies, dogs, and sleeping students. Includes glossary, suggested reading, and index. Other books in this set include The Bloody Book of Blood, The Pukey Book of Vomit, The Sweaty Book of Sweat, The Wee Book of Pee, and The Snotty Book of Snot. Reviewer: David Adams
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–As the series implies, the perspective here is on “gross,” “disgusting,” and “nasty” but necessary and healthy body functions that are outlined through a mix of facts and descriptions of possible scenarios. Normal body fluids are explained, including their production and purpose. In some titles, relevant health issues such as blood-borne diseases (Blood), dehydration (Sweat), and kidney stones (Pee) are described. Slang terminology, “Gross Fact” boxes, and an occasional full-page sidebar of related information extend the content. Same-page definitions and labeled diagrams add ease of use. Unfortunately, the studio photos that make up more than 50 percent of the visuals often add little. Still, these are good general purchases that will draw interest.
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Meet the Author

Connie Colwell Miller is a writer, editor, and teacher who lives and works in Mankato, Minnesota. She studied writing at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and went on to earn her Masters in Fine Arts in creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she won an award for her poetry manuscript. She has written over 25 books for kids and published parenting essays and poetry online and in journals around the country. She spends her free time goofing around with her husband and three young, highly spirited children.
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Table of Contents

Nothing to Spit at 4

The Scoop on Spit 8

How Spit Happens 14

A Nasty Habit 22

Glossary 30


Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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