Title: I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures
Author/Illustrator: Carlyn Beccia
Publisher/Date: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/ 2010
Genre/Audience: Nonfiction/Grades 1-4
Themes: history, medicine
Opening: "Instructions for use:
1. Some cures in this book are gross. Please don't eat lunch while reading."
Synopsis: From Booklist - Author-illustrator Beccia has gathered some of history’s strangest cures for
what ails you. Some of these are silly (puppy kisses), some are sticky (spider
webs), some are stinky (skunk oil), and some are sweetly sentimental (a mother’s
kisses). Do any of them work? You bet, and part of the fun is guessing which
ones (don’t you dare turn to the page where the answers are revealed). Arranged
by malady (coughs, colds, fevers, etc.), each section is typically introduced by
three possible cures, with wounds getting nine choices. The pages that follow
reveal which cures work, why, and when and where they might have originated.
Beccia’s droll text is greatly enhanced by her witty single- and double-page
illustrations, filled with humorous details. Boys will especially enjoy the
ickier cures (anyone for urine drinking?), while teachers and librarians will
welcome the careful research and the useful appended bibliography. Grades 1-4.
Why I Love This Book:
The concept, organization, and illustrations are superb. Not to mention interesting and educational. If you have ever wondered about the origin of "frog in my throat", read this book!
Math: Sort the cures by origin. Create a graph for which cures worked and which didn't.
Family Research: Ask your parents and grandparents is there were any unusual ways to treat colds, hiccups, etc. when they were kids.
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