Friday, June 1, 2018

The Scoop on Poop!

Imagine yourself wearing a suit of armor in the middle ages. How would you go to the bathroom?  When did indoor plumbing become popular? What do astronauts do when they need to relieve themselves? Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up by Sarah Albee is an amazing book that will take readers back through time to answer burning questions about how and where people went to the bathroom. Once you start reading, you’ll be fascinated by how bathroom etiquette and practices have changed over time. I had no idea that there were so many jobs relating to emptying chamber pots, wiping bottoms, and removing waste. Plus, there were many situations I hadn’t thought about before- but they really opened my eyes to what life was like in a variety of times throughout history. 

If you enjoy learning about the past and like to discover unique facts, then this is the book for you! The story of poop throughout the ages really made me think. I am definitely happy to live during a time and place where I have running water and an indoor toilet. Boy, bathroom issues were just one of the struggles people have had since the beginning of time. I especially like that the book had lots of historical information and longer sections to read, but text boxes and sidebars were sprinkled throughout the text. It’s possible to read every word or just enjoy snippets to give yourself an idea about this interesting topic. At close to 200 pages, this isn’t a book you will want to read all in one sitting. Still, you'll want to share the facts you learn with others, but based on the topic you’ll need to find the right place and time to sprinkle them into a conversation. A great way to get kids interested in non-fiction writing because it shows that you can write about anything you're curious about. A bonus- this author visited my school and was fabulous. She is really entertaining and with over 75 books she helped get us excited about research and note taking. I recommend this to anyone eight years old and up. 

Has anyone else read Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom? Or have you read another book by Sarah Albee? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading!

~ L

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21 comments:

  1. It sounds like a heap of fun and an excellent way to excite reluctant readers - particularly but not exclusively boys.
    And yes, a flushing toilet is a luxury I don't want to give up any time soon.

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    1. EC- It is a great way to get kids reading. Fun for adults too! :) ~L

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  2. Somehow it doesn't surprise me there is a whole book about it.
    I watched From the Earth to the Moon - I know what astronauts do!

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    1. Alex- It is chocked full of information and lots of interesting tidbits. :) ~L

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  3. Exactly the kind of questions I'd ask. This sounds like a fun yet informative read.

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    1. Tracy Terry- It definitely for the people who have had questions they couldn't get answered elsewhere. Tons of fun! :) ~L

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  4. Now this does sound fun and informative.
    Great stuff!

    All the best Jan

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  5. Sure sounds like a great way for one to learn and have fun. Soooooooo glad I live in this time. Nasty back then lol

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    1. Pat- I would have a hard time going back in time that is for sure! Stinky! :) ~L

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  6. This sounds really fun!!

    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Gloria- It is! A great gift for kids and adults who are curious and have a great sense of humor. :) ~L

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  7. Oh, I must read this one. I well remember my grandparents
    outhouse. They lived in the country. and I loved them, but not their outhouse. (I'm really dating myself.)

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    1. Beverly- I did not love using my grandparent's outhouse either. Not for me! :) ~L

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  8. This book sounds so interesting, thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love the trailer! LOL! This book sounds fantastic! Thank you!

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    1. Magic Love Crow- Glad you enjoyed the trailer. :) ~L

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  10. This sounds so entertaining and actually interesting to me. I might read it. Because already from the synopsis it mentions a lot of situations I wouldn't have thought of and it really sounds like it answers a lot of questions. I'm curious :3

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