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Read Poop Happened At Your Own Risk

May 30, 2010
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Poop Happened!

written by Sarah Albee
illustrated by Robert Leighton
Walker Books for Young Readers, 2010
History Book (167 pages)

If you read Poop Happened! one of three things will happen:

–          You’ll annoy all family members with fascinating poop trivia.

–          You’ll annoy your friends with fascinating poop trivia.

–          You’ll annoy random strangers with fascinating poop trivia.

But, it could be worse. At least it’s not un-fascinating poop trivia!

For example, the Roman Empire’s greatness and it’s demise had in part to do with plumbing  “Unlike in other large cities of the ancient world, where waste piled up with nowhere to go, Roman sewers washed a lot of waste into the Tiber River and eventually out to sea.”

Seriously, did you know that if you didn’t have good plumbing, people would die by the thousands? And, that bad plumbing leads to contaminated drinking water which leads to diarrhea, Cholera, Dysentery, E-coli, Polio and Typhoid? Poop makes bad things happen!

Not to worry. Just because poop history wasn’t written down in the scrolls of the ancient civilizations, scientists called paleoscatologists study ancient poop for a job. Isn’t that cool?

Could you imagine being a knight’s squire after a long day in battle? Your job would be to clean out the suit of armor in which your knight went to the bathroom.

Even yuckier is the emptying of a chamber pot! “It was considered good manners to warn people on the street below before dumping the contents of one’s chamber pot out the window. . . When walking a lady on the street, the gentleman was expected to walk on the side closest to the street, which would mean that he would be the one doused.  Meanwhile, most ladies carried parasols, . . . it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out why this was a good idea.

You’re going to love this book and never have to think of conversation stoppers again! I think it would make a fabulous Father’s Day gift — I know my husband read it cover to cover and loved it.

WIN a copy of Poop Happened! E-mail your name to deborah.mock@parenthood.com with “Poop Happened” in the subject line. We will randomly select one lucky winner to receive a signed copy of the book. Deadline for entry is midnight MST on June 10, 2010.


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