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Children's LiteratureNumerous misconceptions about people, history, science, and creatures are put to rest in these 250 pages. An astute reader may be up on some of the facts but is sure to find his or her comeuppance in many instances. For example, one might be surprised that humans have more than five senses. In fact, scientists now identify four others. Or one may find it hard to believe that the early American settlers lived in frame or brick houses, not log cabins. A reader may not know that raindrops are mushroom-shaped, not pear-shaped-or that the Canary Islands were so-named because they were full of dogs, not birds. Youngsters could have fun debunking many of adults' customary beliefs, while opening their own minds to all sorts of topics for further study. Adults, too, could stump others at cocktail parties. So instead of burying your head in the sand of false conceptions like the mythical ostrich, stick your nose in this book to find out what's really up. The illustrations, like the book's text, are timeless and ageless. 2002 (orig. 1978, 1980), A Main Street Book/Sterling Publishing Co, Ages 12 up.
— Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.