Catherine Rondina

Books

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

Don't Touch That Toad and Other Strange Things Adults Tell You. 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. Published by Kids Can Press

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WINNER OF THE HACKMATACK CHILDREN’S CHOICE AWARD

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.

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.

Children who love 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.

 

REVIEWS

Parents give their kids a lot of advice. A lot of it, kids gradually realize as they grow older, is pretty much useless. In her engaging new book, Toronto writer Catherine Rondina sorts out the sense from the nonsense in parental admonitions. Readers wanting the skinny on such possibly dubious advice as “if you go outside, you will get a cold,” “bubble gum takes seven years to digest in your stomach,” or “carrots will improve your eyesight,” will not be disappointed. (Quill & Quire)