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Review: Mistakes That Worked

November 25, 2016


Did you know potato chips were in invented when a customer sent his fried potatoes back requesting they be thinner and fried longer?  Chef George Crum wasn’t too happy about the request so he sliced them very thin and fried them until they were crispy.  The customer loved them and now they’re America’s favorite snack.

You might be surprised to learn the Slinky was invented when a Naval engineer dropped a torsion spring and noticed the way it flip flopped when it landed.  He and his wife made the toy and it’s been a hit since 1945.

Those fun stories plus a whole lot more are in MISTAKES THAT WORKED: THE WORLD’S FAMILIAR INVENTIONS AND HOW THEY CAME TO BE by Charlotte Foltz Jones.  Jones tells the story of a lot of great inventions including Post-it Notes, Penicillin, Coca-Cola,  chocolate chip cookies and lots more.  She also includes fun facts about many of the inventions:

Americans eat more than three hundred million sandwiches every day – an amazing statistic, since there are slightly more than three hundred million Americans.

John O’Brien’s great illustrations are eye catching and do much to enhance this book and will help keep kids engaged.  The back of the book contains a bibliography and index and includes information on the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

I loved the stories and the fun facts in this book but, even more than that, I loved the message it contains – that it’s okay to make mistakes.  I’m sure this book will inspire many 8 to 12 year olds.  Be sure to pick up MISTAKES THAT WORKED for the curious kids in your life!

Ikid konnection new will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2016 6:40 am

    I love these kinds of books! And as you probably know, Toll House chocolate chip cookies were a “mistake” too – what a great mistake! :–)

  2. November 25, 2016 8:44 am

    Looks like a great book for the whole family!

  3. November 25, 2016 10:22 am

    Never mind 8-12 year olds. I want this one for me!

  4. November 25, 2016 11:54 am

    What fun! Mistakes are the best learning tools, aren’t they? But discovering how mistakes have turned into awesome products sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Literary Feline permalink
    November 25, 2016 1:23 pm

    How fun and interesting!

  6. November 25, 2016 2:03 pm

    This sounds like a terrific book! I love the potato chip story. 🙂

  7. November 26, 2016 5:52 am

    I saw that on travel channel once, so cool

  8. November 26, 2016 1:05 pm

    I love these kinds of quirky facts books. This would be a good one for my sub bag for a filler or to use for examples in learning! Thanks for sharing!

  9. November 27, 2016 6:04 am

    This would be an interesting addition for Christmas reading.

  10. November 27, 2016 4:03 pm

    This sounds like a fun book. I wonder what other mistakes turned out to be winners.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    December 7, 2016 8:10 am

    I bet Booking Son would appreciate that book. Sounds like it’s educational and fun!

  12. December 14, 2016 10:10 am

    Oh, I must have this for me, forget about Gage 🙂

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