Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz JonesMistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones

Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came To Be

byCharlotte Foltz JonesIllustratorJohn O'brien

Paperback | May 1, 1994

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Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!

CHARLOTTE FOLTZ JONES was an author of award-winning nonfiction books for children, as well as numerous magazine articles.JOHN O'BRIEN is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker magazine and has illustrated many popular children's books.
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Title:Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came To BeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8 × 8.06 × 0.28 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385320434

ISBN - 13:9780385320436

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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From Our Editors

From Frisbees to X-Rays, Post-It Notes to penicillin, here are the fascinating stories behind the accidental inventions of 40 things, including Coca-Cola, potato chips, Silly Putty, the Slinky, and many other familiar items. An IRA/CBC Children's Choice. 40 full-color cartoons

Editorial Reviews

"Jones gathers together in a splendid book that is as informative as it is entertaining. Jones has great fun with facts, dredging up plenty in a lively, anecdotal account that recollects the oddball origins of a variety of foods, clothing, toys, and devices....A gem of a book."--Booklist, starred review.