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I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat

Fall 2010 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Author: Carlyn Beccia
ISBN: 9780547225708
Hardcover Price: $17.00

Carlyn Beccia's nonfiction picture book is an eye-opening look at "history's strangest cures" for a number of common ailments. We learn, for example, that having a cold in sixteenth-century England might have meant taking a dose of "puke weed," and that drinking urine was a typical prescription for curing stomachaches. The text is a combination of science and history with a gross-out factor that will appeal to children. Beccia's book is interactive. She first asks readers to guess which treatments might have actually worked, and then she reveals the truth about each one. Surprisingly, there is factual evidence that some strange-sounding cures actually worked (e.g., ancient Greeks ate dirt to help sore stomachs-and the main ingredient in some clay soil is found today in milk of magnesia). Beccia's mixed media illustrations are fun and full of humor, particularly in terms of facial expressions. This is an interesting and fun book that appeals even beyond the publisher's recommended age group.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ Harcourt Children's Books

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