Mistakes that Worked

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Doubleday, 1991 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 78 pages
19 Reviews
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  - John Nichols - Goodreads

"Mistakes that Worked" is a reminder that failure is not always the end. The work is geared toward tween and early teen readers, but I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through to see how some of the things ... Read full review

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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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