Mistakes that Worked

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Piggy banks, silly putty, potato chips and frisbees are all things that were invented by mistake.

"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.

Includes a bibliography. An IRA-CBC Children's Choice.

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User Review  - Maydacat - www.librarything.com

Mistakes and accidents happen in everyone’s life, but these mistakes and accidents have actually enriched people’s lives. Some were just fun, like Silly Putty, just were tasty, like potato chips and ... Read full review

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User Review  - kvelin - LibraryThing

This book includes fun facts about experiments and trials that went wrong but ended up with a new idea. This would be a great book for talking about growth mindset and how mistakes are just opportunities to learn. Read full review

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About the author (1991)

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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