I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures by Carlyn BecciaI Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures

byCarlyn Beccia

Hardcover | October 25, 2010

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It wasn't too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to help sick people feel better. They tried wild things like drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on one's head. Some of the cures worked, and some of them? well, let's just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested.Carlyn Beccia takes readers on a colorful and funny medical mystery tour to discover that while times may have changed, many of today's most reliable cure-alls have their roots in some very peculiar practices, and so relevant connections can be drawn from what they did then to what we do now.
Carlyn Beccia's published works include Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo? and The Raucous Royals . The latter was inspired by her trip to Paris: I went to Versailles," she writes, "and discovered that Marie Antoinette never said her infamous line 'Let them eat cake.' Then I remembered also believing that Anne Boleyn had six fingers. ...
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Title:I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest CuresFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 8.5 × 11 × 0.37 inPublished:October 25, 2010Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547225709

ISBN - 13:9780547225708

Appropriate for ages: 6

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Disgusting and futile medical practices are always a pleasure to contemplate. Beccia, following closely in the spirit of The Raucous Royals (2008)-dry-witted artwork, conversational text, engaging historical detective work-asks readers to guess which 'cures' may actually have helped a handful of ailments."- Kirkus Reviews "Beccia's droll text is greatly enhanced by her witty single- and double-page illustrations, filled with humorous details. Boys will especially enjoy the ickier cures (anyone for urine drinking?), while teachers and librarians will welcome the careful research and the useful appended bibliography."- Booklist "Digital mixed-media color illustrations and manageable blocks of text invite reluctant readers to browse this high-interest title."- School Library Journal "