'You Wouldn't Want To...' series presents facts in fun ways—August 29, 2014
Many children enjoy reading non-fiction books to learn more about topics in which they have an interest. There is a series in the children’s non-fiction collection that makes this learning really fun!
The series is called “You Wouldn’t Want To…” and the titles are written by various authors. Each title contains factual information but is illustrated with cartoon-style drawings which add humor to the subject. They all follow the same format: an introduction, followed by twelve two-page chapters, a glossary and an index. Many of the books also contain a map or a timeline if it helps to explain the subject.
“You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Mayflower!: A Trip That Took Entirely Too Long” by Peter Cook explains who the Pilgrims were, why they sailed to America, the hardships they faced on board ship as well as in their new home, and the legacy they left behind. There is also a section at the end that explains the tools used by a ship’s navigator in the days of the Pilgrims.
“You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Egyptian Mummy!: Disgusting Things You’d Rather Not Know” by David Stewart answers questions about the process of mummification. It also tells about the funeral customs of ancient Egypt, what types of items were buried with the mummies, and why many tombs were robbed.
“You Wouldn’t Want to Work on the Railroad!: A Track You’d Rather Not Go Down” by Ian Graham explains what conditions were like for the construction workers who built the transcontinental railroad. “You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Nurse During the American Civil War!: A Job That’s Not for the Squeamish” by Kathryn Senior tells about medical treatment for injuries and diseases on the battlefields.
Other titles in the series include “You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Roman Gladiator!: Gory Things You’d Rather Not Know” by John Malam, “You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Polar Explorer!: An Expedition You’d Rather Not Go On” by Jen Green, and “You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on the Titanic!: One Voyage You’d Rather Not Make” by David Stewart.
Look for these and other titles in the “You Wouldn’t Want To…” series in the children’s department of the library and have fun while you learn!