From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5–The astonishing and often repulsive uses of urine by humans and animals are chronicled in this companion to The Truth about Poop
(Viking, 2004). Packed with anecdotes and facts, this book about the importance of pee has subtle humor. With clever wordplay for chapter titles, e.g., Urine the Army Now, the author grabs readers' attention and educates them with short, quick bits of information. The cartoon illustrations add humor to a subject that students will already be giggling over. Elementary-aged boys in particular will be drawn to the yucky grossness of the topic but will end up learning from the text. A book full of interesting tidbits that students will remember and love to share.–Christine Markley, Washington Elementary School, Barto, PA
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With books available about gas and poop, could urine be far behind? Goodman, the author of The Truth about Poop
(2004), tells kids everything they wanted to know about pee--and some of it is quite startling. After explaining how urine has saved lives (and yes, drinking is involved), she takes a look at physiology or "pee basics"; the how-tos of urinating (standing up, sitting down); "Peeing through history"; how animals pee; and uses for urine (vitamins, gun powder, and many, many others). As in the previous book, Smith provides jaunty, sometimes silly cartoon-style illustrations, including one of a woman pouring urine through a funnel into her husband's ear (a method pioneers used to treat earaches). The journey from drinking liquids to making urine is amusing, but a little convoluted for clarity. For reasons not readily discernable, some terms in the text are spelled out in bright yellow--among them, neon bright
, no underpants, piddle-paks,
and chipped pee off the shuttle.
It's a book kids will pore over. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved