Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History

Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History
by Lois Miner Huey
Milbrook Press, 2014. Informational. 48 p.

Modern movies, and even many books, idealize early American life.  The people wear beautiful gowns, or elegant suits, and live in luxurious mansions.  This book endeavors to show that life in early America was a lot more smelly and gross than most people think.  Huey talks about the lack of sanitation, the abundance of vermin and the poor hygiene practices of the late 1770's.  Huey's informal text is illustrated with historical paintings or modern photos, arranged in busy, engaging, collage style.  Amid all the "Yuck" and "Eew" are great facts that help readers have a more balanced, realistic view of history.  This is a good choice for reluctant readers or anyone who enjoys the "gross out" element.

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