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The Truth about Poopby Susan Goodman
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Did you know that sharks produce spiral poop? That the average Japanese woman uses 2 1/2 miles of toilet paper a year? That when wolverines are done feeding on a dead animal, they save the rest for later by defecating all over it?
Those gross and fascinating facts can be found in The Truth about Poop, an informative and funny book that will take readers from life before toilet paper to the most modern toilets, from poop games to poop used in warfare, from cow chips to insect droppings. Acclaimed nonfiction author Susan Goodman covers many facets of a subject children just love to read about, and Elwood Smith's humorous illustrations add a lively slant to a book that's already brimming with fun and information.
"Step aside, Walter the Farting Dog. Science writer Goodman (Claws, Coats, and Camouflage) deserves a round of applause, and no raspberries, for demystifying a risky topic. With a winning combination of scientific curiosity and amusement, the intrepid author dives into her research. In a section titled 'How Much?/How Often?,' she gladly reveals the private matters of sloths, geese and bears. She finds that a skipper caterpillar 'shoot[s] its poop... six feet' to misdirect predators, and that sharks hunt by scent (castaways should 'poop in the life raft'). She chronicles human error and ingenuity in sewage disposal ('British plumber Thomas Crapper... certainly had the best name for the job' in creating the flush toilet, but was not its sole inventor), and she explores toilet paper substitutes from corncobs to a 'cheap book of poetry' to 'the frayed end of old anchor cables' aboard ships. In addition, she explains paleontologists' professional interest in 'chunks of fossilized poop' called coprolites, suggests multiple uses for cow patties (kindling, Frisbees, bedding), discusses astronauts' euphemistic 'maximum absorption garments' (aka diapers) and reveals military-strategic applications for 'Dangerous Poop.' While Goodman delivers the straight stuff about international and U.S. bathroom practices, demonstrating that scrupulous research can be fun, Smith (Raise the Roof!) creates vaudevillean cartoons that suggest their steamy subject but don't get too close. This scatological documentary could make a splash. Ages 7-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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Debunking old (and sometimes silly) myths about the human body, this new addition to the Boy, Were We Wrong series shows how we discovered modern biology and medicine. From healing by applying leeches, to the ancient practice of acupuncture, to the discovery and study of DNA, this is the story of what we know about our bodies and how we still have lots to learn.
A perfect selection for Common Core or STEM collections
We call it a waste product, but poop can also be bricks to build a house, fuel to power a trip to Mars, wipes for a baby?s bottom, buttons for your next sweater. Poop? YES! POP! And that?s not all. Birds drop it as bombs. Mole-rats use it as a password. Sharks track their prey with it. People cook with it, sculpt with it, and even use it as a Frisbee! While we politely avoid the subject, amazing things are happening in digestive tracts all over the world. Kids (and adults too!) will be captivated by the astounding facts contained in this fascinating book, featuring hilarious illustrations.
About the Author
Susan E. Goodman lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Elwood H. Smith lives in Rhinebeck, New York.
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