Monday, January 11, 2010

Book Drops: Nonfiction Monday - "The Story Behind Toilets"

Happy Nonfiction Monday!! There are lots of great books to read about on Sally Apokedak's Whispers of Dawn blog to check out what people have read for today's Nonfiction Monday.

This week I grabbed the newly acquired "The Story Behind Toilets" by Elizabeth Raum. It is part of the True Stories series from Heinemann-Raintree. The 12 book series is geared towards 3-5 grade and covers things like oil, salt, chocolate, diamonds and more. The 32 page book is filled with color photos, a timeline, a glossary, great little sidebars and even a section called "Find Out More" that contains books, websites, and even places to visit in a child's town. Raum has filled this book with a lot of fun facts as well, like the reason people refer to the toilet as a "crapper" is because, in 1884, Thomas Crapper, an English plumber, improved the toilet and during World War I, U.S. soldiers stationed in England started calling them "crappers." There are lots of diagrams and illustrations showing how toilets have evolved over time as well. Who knew that learning about toilets could be so entertaining. Definitely a great one to add to the collection.

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