Friday, August 30, 2013

You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century!

Love this series. This is the second book I have read in the series and is a great catalyst that can lead to many discussions for them to learn the how's and why's that shaped our present world. Kids love guts and gore, and with this book, the whole 16th century becomes way more interesting. The illustrations are humorous and the book covers a lot of ground. It also serves to remind students how lucky we are to be in this age and not one of the more barbaric ones. Great teaching tool!

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman


  1. We may have to get this one!

    My six year old, more and more, has been asking lately why he has to do shots. Why he and his brother have to do tests and mris, why he can't eat the same foods as everyone else and etc... It's something his dad and I struggle with as adults to try and be grateful that we are in an age when it's possible to treat our boys and not be asking, 'why us' all the time. When we struggle as adults to be grateful for the positives of the situation it's even harder to help our six year old be grateful for it.

    This book sounds like it could be another good tool towards instilling gratefulness in him for what we do have rather then angst at what we don't. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. It its however, read it alone first so you can decide if you have to edit. While it is done in a humorous way- the topic is SCARY! When I was a teacher, I motivated kids with things like this as it got their attention. It served to get them involved in what most people think is useless and boring. BUT you don't want to scare him either! The plague could have been cured by simple antibiotics. Queen Caroline bravely inoculated her royal family to set an example for an entire country. Many doctors urged her not to do it and I think, one of her children got very ill with a bad reaction. If not for these brave people- we still could be spreading terrible diseases. If your son understands that what he is doing is preventing others from getting sick as well as himself- he might see it in a different light.