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Accidents May Happen: Fifty Inventions Discovered By Mistake Paperback – March 9, 1998

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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3-6?In 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
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385322402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385322409
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book lists some interesting bits of information, but MANY of the items listed are not inventions at all: They are discoveries. (For example, the discovery that quinine could be used to cure malaria; The story of how our national anthem came about, etc.) The book jacket gushes about the "wonderful assortment of quirky, colorful cartoons..." There are a number of quirky cartoons, but they are ALL black & white drawings. Overall, it's an interesting book, but a book of interesting facts should try to keep its facts straight.
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A Kid's Review on November 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Accidents May Happen is a wonderful book, full of facts about the origins of some of our most commonly used items. Everything in this book has one thing in common - thay were invented by mistake! This book by Carlotte Jones is truly amazing, jam-packed with interesting facts. Who would have thought Ring-around-the-rosie was about the plague? Or that cheese was invented by an Arabian traver, on the back of a camel? Anyone who likes fun facts would enjoy this book. Accidents May Happen is definitaly a good read.

Laura
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book and I found some amazing things behind the inventions which are now fads. As the yo-yo is a really cool thing around it used to be a weapon and then it accidently turned into a toy for children. You may think that Nursery Rhymes are not very cool, but the cool part in Nursery Rhymes are stories of old history. For example, Ring Aroud The Rosey used to be a poem about a disease that killed people in the old times. The first line, "Ring Around The Rosey," used to be one of the symptoms of the disease which was a rosey rash on the person's body. "A pocket full of posies," was flowers that would supposedly keeep evil away for the human. The next line, "Ashes, Ashes," was "A-tishoo, a-tishoo," which they would need because they sneezed a ton. "We all fall down," was the last thing that happened to the people that got this, they would fall on to their bed and die. There is the thing behind,"Ring Around The Rosey." There are many other cool inventions in that story and all of them are great. I really liked the book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
What might have made this book better : ?
Better Illustrations.
Anecdotes expanded into Short Narratives.
A little more chemistry &/or physics thrown in.
A little more Tangential or Contemporaneous History, and by this I mean; Where did these ideas, or Recognition of something interesting come from? Most clever ideas are plagiarized from older, incomplete ideas, inventions or blunders, But accidental recognitions of interesting phenomena must have come from someplace too-- ?
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I've often mentioned in these reviews of digital books, that I think that the 'Format' for 'Illustrated' books should be more like digital magazines, and not like digital books with illustrations haphazardly added as an afterthought. ( ! )
Digital magazines are the pioneers of this new medium, but even they are only the first step in a much broader multimedia full spectrum experience of what 'book's will become in the next few years.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an "oldie" BUT A "GOODIE." ALWAYS A FAVORITE. Every school library should have on their shelves.
Children read this book over and over.
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By sam on March 12, 2014
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fantastic and descriptive book I will read it again and again original creative I can tell they took a long time making it

BUY IT!!!
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