I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat

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I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat

History's Strangest Cures

By Carlyn Beccia

Hmh Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780547225708, 48pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2010


It wasn t too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to helpsick people feel better. They tried wild thingslike drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on one's head. Some of the cures worked, and some of them well, let's just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested.

Carlyn Beccia takes readers on a colorful and funny medical mysterytour todiscover that while times may have changed, many of today's most reliable cure-alls have their roots in some very peculiar practices, and so relevant connections can be drawn from what"they" did then to what"we" do now.

Praise For I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat

"Disgusting and futile medical practices are always a pleasure to contemplate. Beccia, following closely in the spirit of The Raucous Royals (2008)—dry-witted artwork, conversational text, engaging historical detective work—asks readers to guess which 'cures' may actually have helped a handful of ailments."—Kirkus Reviews

"Beccia's droll text is greatly enhanced by her witty single- and double-page illustrations, filled with humorous details. Boys will especially enjoy the ickier cures (anyone for urine drinking?), while teachers and librarians will welcome the careful research and the useful appended bibliography."—Booklist

"Digital mixed-media color illustrations and manageable blocks of text invite reluctant readers to browse this high-interest title."—School Library Journal