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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: $9.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Sep 2014
ISBN:9781554534555
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 has written numerous children's books and teaches the art of writing nonfiction. She is the author of Don't Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You. Catherine lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
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Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster whose work ranges from murder mysteries and science fiction to books on sports and financial literacy. His picture books include Splinters (a Blue Spruce Honour Book) and Super-Duper Monster Viewer. Kevin’s Neil Flambé Capers series and MINRs series have both been bestsellers. His latest novel is Mucus Mayhem. His non-fiction titles include Follow Your Money, Follow Your Stuff, Baseballogy and Basketballogy. Kevin lives with his family in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

Catherine Rondina has written numerous children's books and teaches the art of writing nonfiction. She is the author of Don't Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You. Catherine lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Kevin Sylvester is a journalist who happened to fall into sports rather than a “sports guy.? He's also a documentary-maker, writer, producer, and sketch artist. Kevin is well known as the host of CBC National Radio Morning Sports. His first book was Sports Hall of Weird (2005).

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 10
Grade:
2 to 5
Awards
  • Winner, Silver Birch Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

Rondina advocates for children, and does not hesitate to say that parents are sometimes completely mistaken.—Quill & Quire


Gleefully providing ammunition for snarky readers eager to second-guess misguided beliefs and commands of grown-ups.—Kirkus Reviews

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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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