A Natural History of the Unmentionable
by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Neal Layton
January 10, 2005.
Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2004. 61 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 573.49 DAV).
It’s hard to imagine a kid resisting reading this book. Even my
teenage son picked it up when he found it lying around the house.
And, okay, I was a little slower than usual when I processed this book,
since I found myself reading parts of it.
This book gives you the scoop on poop. (Sorry.) It talks
about the different forms and colors poop can take. It tells how poop
can be used for food, fuel, and building material. Poop delivers messages,
spreads seeds, and recycles nutrients. Scientists even learn about
animals dead and alive by studying poop.
There’s plenty of science in this book. Kids will learn all sorts
of pungent facts while enjoying being grossed out. I must, however,
give one warning: Don’t let them read aloud from this book while
you are trying to eat!
Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.