Review: Mistakes That Worked
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!
I 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.