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ISBN:9781554534548
publisher: Kids Can Press

Don't Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You

by Catherine Rondina, illustrated by Kevin Sylvester

tagged: curiosities & wonders, boys & men
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list price: $14.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
published: Aug 2010
pages: 96
ISBN:9781554534548
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

True or false: “Eating too much sugar will make you hyper.” How about, “If you go outside with wet hair, you'll catch a cold.” Or, “A mother bird will reject her babies if they have been touched by humans.” Each of these “facts” that we've all heard before are actually false, and the real story behind each one is clearly told here in this intriguing and unique book. Poking mild fun at grown-ups throughout, author Catherine Rondina covers a range of warnings, advice and truisms children will be familiar with, and bases all of her judgments on hard science and research.

In order for kids to be able to test themselves without peeking, each “fact” is described on the right-facing page, and a page turn reveals the true or false verdict, along with a full explanation. Humorous black-and-white line drawings by Kevin Sylvester liven up the text. The children who love these kinds of juicy compendiums of information may choose to read this one straight through. Teachers will want to keep it handy on a nearby shelf to refer to in many types of science lessons. It also works for exploring the importance of critical thinking and research in order to understand the difference between what seems true and what is true. The “Parentisms: An Overview” at the back of the book offers a list of favorite parental expressions, which could be used for language arts writing assignments or other creative expressions.

About the Authors

Catherine Rondina

CATHERINE RONDINA is a writer, educator, library assistant and sports fan. She writes award winning nonfiction for children, and her previous Lorimer Recordbook on hockey star goalie Carey Price win the 2019 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Catherine lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

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Kevin Sylvester

KEVIN SYLVESTER is an award-winning writer, illustrator, reporter, radio sports host, producer and documentary maker. He writes and illustrates everything from picture books to murder mysteries, science fiction to books on sports and financial literacy. His books include the bestselling Mucus Mayhem in the The Almost Epic Squad series, the MiNRS and Neil Flambé series, and The Fabulous Zed Watson, co-written with Basil Sylvester. Visit him at www.kevinsylvester.online.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Awards
  • Winner, Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

Gleefully providing ammunition for snarky readers eager to second-guess misguided beliefs and commands of grown-ups.

— Kirkus Reviews

Rondina advocates for children, and does not hesitate to say that parents are sometimes completely mistaken.

— Quill & Quire

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