Kids study US history, but do they know what life long ago was really like? The past was full of yuckiness. The sounds, smells, filth, bugs, rats, poor hygiene, lack of dental and medical care, and bad food are not portrayed at today's historic sites, in movies, or in most books about US history. Yet this kind of stuff appeals greatly to kids. The purpose of this book is to de-sanitize the past, present it as it actually was, and help kids come to an understanding of how people put up with it - or didn't even notice.
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"In this...book, Huey seeks to help young readers experience history through the senses of smell, feel, and taste. The bug-filled cover illustration will alert readers that the contents are indeed gross and yucky, and sensitive readers who are easily creeped out by bugs should stay away from this book. Those who like gross stuff will get a kick out of reading about the stinky living conditions, bug-infested and rotting food that people ate, the lack of dental and other personal hygiene, and other icky bits of 18th-century American history. The descriptions of bedbug-infested furniture and clouds of mosquitoes may set some readers scratching. If nothing else, this book should help readers appreciate refrigeration and other processes that keep our food fresh, the wonders of indoor plumbing, and even the humble toothbrush.... The book includes suggestions for further reading, a list of places to visit, and useful websites." (Booklist)
"This is [an]...entertaining look at the grosser aspects of American history. Starting in 1770, the author takes readers on an intimate tour of daily life in America. Experiencing everything first-hand, the reader will picture themselves hopping into a time machine and traveling to the past. Once there, it's an engaging look into the smells, bugs, germs, and uncomfortable fashion of the times.... The book includes an author's note, source notes, and places to visit. It will be an excellent addition to any collection!" (Library Media Connection, starred)