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Apr 19 2012

Wee on a jellyfish sting by Tracey Turner

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Scholastic, 2012. ISBN 978 1 74169 978 4.
Fun facts suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.The title and the cover illustration will certainly attract the curious. This book deals with the multitude of myths that circulate as general knowledge and I have to admit, I believed in many of them myself. Surely you do sink in quicksand!
Some of the more challenging myths rebutted are, Saint Patrick was Irish, Vikings wore horned helmets, medieval explorers thought the world was flat, most of the body's heat is lost through the head and Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry. All arguments are backed up with facts and extra information on the topic.
The pages are small, about A5 size and are a lively non coloured mixture of jazzy borders, different fonts, cartoon and shadow illustrations. The text is easy to read and the information presented in a light hearted manner.
A similar style of book Why Headless Chickens Run and Other Crazy Things You Need to Know is also available but by a different author.
Jane Moore

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