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The Dreadful, Smelly Colonies: The Disgusting Details About Life in Colonial America (Disgusting History) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-18 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1429639598
LANGUAGE:English

" What a nice way to liven up a dull subject. Play to the students' sense of disgust. Nicely done. " said.

" This book has nice illustrations when it comes to the topic, but it tends to be vague and really not that interesting. There are better books about this topic out there. " said.

" great book about colonial days! " said.

"We all know that we should thank our lucky stars that we were born in a time and place that embraces regular bathing, serves food that (for the most part) is insect free, and doesn't pursue people different from others in a witch trial. Well, two out of the three modern conveniences aren't bad. We also do have modern plumbing. There's that.

My students are going to be equally grossed out as well as enthralled, just like their teacher was. We will enjoy this awesomeness of the colonial period during our unit on The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Good stuff!
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"1. In school, we happen to have a number of "modern conveniences." Do you know what that term means? I camped in Colorado this summer, and I learned one "modern convenience" I love is the bathroom. I love showering, washing my hands, and having a toilet to use. This summer when I had to use the restroom, I was handed a shovel. What do you suppose people did when they lived in colonial times? How would you use the restroom if there was a blizzard? If I am very sick today, I go to the doctor's office, and sometimes get medicine. What did they do in colonial times? In FCS, you learn that food can only safely sit out for two hours. What happens if it sits out longer? When you look at this book, really read carefully, and notice the words and pictures, there are a lot of gross and disgusting things to learn.


2. Opening moves: Draw attention to the genre, raise questions to spark curiosity, activate background knowledge, prompt the listeners to notice details.

3. As testing becomes our means of assessing knowledge, we are taking away some of the "Wow!" of teaching. A book like this can provide a lot of disgusting, and very real details of colonial life. When students learn about disease treatment, food storage, and some of the more disgusting things of colonial times, they can make more real connections. I usually have a few "Life Skills" students in my social studies classroom, and this type of knowledge is what they really remember. Sometimes, learning can just be fun. In middle school, a book like this fits the bill.


4. (April 01, 2010) School Library Journal
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"We've read many of the books in the You Wouldn't Want To... series and our girls just love them. We also discovered the Top 10 Worst... series, too, and we were happy to note that the author/illustrator/series creator have collaborated on both. Then we discovered this book. The title is certainly intriguing and appealed to our girls.

This is a fascinating book that follows along in the same vein, filled with interesting and disgusting facts about colonial times in America. The book describes different aspects of life during this time in history in some detail, although the information provided about each topic is relatively short and would not be comprehensive enough to base a report on. The narrative is not nearly as sensational as you would expect from the title.

We found this book at the Jamestown Settlement Museum gift shop and we bought it as a souvenir. I love that our girls get excited to read nonfiction books, and these books certainly aren't boring. We gave this book to our oldest daughter's teacher after we read it.
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" What a nice way to liven up a dull subject. Play to the students' sense of disgust. Nicely done. " said.

" This book has nice illustrations when it comes to the topic, but it tends to be vague and really not that interesting. There are better books about this topic out there. " said.

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