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

by Catherine Rondina, illustrated by Kevin Sylvester

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list price: $14.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
published: Aug 2010
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 and library assistant. Her books for children have received numerous honours including, the Silver Birch Award, the Hackmatack Award and the Teacher's Choice Award. She lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
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Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and broadcaster. His books include the MiNRS trilogy and the Neil Flambé series. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Awards
  • Winner, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Winner, Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

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

Eat your bread crusts, they’ll make your hair curl! This book, which looks at some of the most common, yet crazy, things that adults tell kids, is filled with humorous insights and wacky illustrations. It also includes a section of “Parentisms” — the truly unexplainable things adults say to kids!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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