Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones

Posted November 2, 2016 by shooting in Uncategorized / 12 Comments

Mistakes That Worked: The World’s Familiar Inventions And How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones

Review by Lauren

source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryPopsicles, 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!

ReviewMistakes that Worked: The World’s Familiar Inventions and How They Came To Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones is a quick, interesting book. It’s perfect for older elementary students, but I think older readers would enjoy this too as it gives you some fun background information about popular inventions. Who knew so many of the things we love and use today were invented because of a mistake? The book is also full of black and white illustrations by John O’Brien, which always makes a nonfiction book even more interesting.

Some of the inventions that are focused on in this book are chocolate chip cookies, frozen dinner rolls, and even X-Rays! One of the things that I really loved about this book is that some entries even have a few fun facts included at the end. For example, one story is about tea and a fun fact at the end of the entry is that “thirty-five percent of the world’s tea comes from China.” Interesting, huh? I’m a huge fan of random facts so these were a lot of fun for me!

Like I mentioned earlier, this is a really quick read. I finished it in an hour or two but I’m sure some really fast readers could finish a lot sooner. However, hopefully the information within the pages will just make you curious to learn more!

12 responses to “Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones

  1. This sounds so cute and I love the title! I've been learning about a lot of mistakes that worked while in Rome (like how tomatoes came to be a main ingredient in the cuisine here and how they discovered that olive oil could be eaten and not just used for candles) so I'll have to check this out for sure! Thanks for putting it on my radar!!

  2. This looks like a fun one that you could pick and and put down as time permits. And even just open to any page and read a bit when you have a few minutes to spare. So many fun and interesting facts, too. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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