Things You Thought You Knew (But Don't Count on It!)

Things You Thought You Knew (But Don't Count on It!)

by Joseph Rosenbloom, Joyce Behr
     
 

Where did the Pilgrims land when they first arrived in the New World? Most people would answer Plymouth Rock, but actually their ship dropped anchor at what is now Provincetown! Who created French-fried potatoes? The Belgians, not the French! Have fun showing up your friends and family with surprising facts on everything from history to science. It's so easy, because…  See more details below

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Where did the Pilgrims land when they first arrived in the New World? Most people would answer Plymouth Rock, but actually their ship dropped anchor at what is now Provincetown! Who created French-fried potatoes? The Belgians, not the French! Have fun showing up your friends and family with surprising facts on everything from history to science. It's so easy, because people often think they know things when they really don't. Amaze a crowd by mentioning that the sky isn't really blue. And boggle people's minds when you tell them that not all dogs bark. It's fun to be smart!

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Children's Literature
Numerous 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402704093
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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