Although I normally don't review the books I read with my kids, I am making an exception for this book to show my appreciation to NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group; we had the opportunity to read it in exchange for an honest review.
I have a daughter that also read this book, and my review will include her opinion as well.
Ick! Yuck! Ew!: Our Gross American History by Lois Miner Huey
The reader is transported to June 1770 to learn about "gross" daily life in early America. The author is careful to note that she is only informing, not judging or making fun of early settlers; they did the best they could with the information they had at the time.
Alison's Opinion (10 year old 4th grader):
"Well, it was informational and gross about the past. Who knew people did that? The chapter about poop was gross. The second chapter was about bugs - how could people sleep with bugs crawling on them? The third chapter was about germs - their diseases were disgusting and I'm glad we don't have them. People usually lost their children. The last chapter was about fashion and I'm glad we don't have to wear the heavy petticoats and we can just wear jeans. I don't like corsets either, I prefer slouching.
I liked the book and I would recommend it to people who would want to know about the past. But don't eat lunch right before reading it."
Yuck! My head is itching after reading the chapter about bugs. The chapter on fashion was the most interesting to me. Fun fact: shoes weren't made for left and right feet; they all had the same shape, which would have been incredibly uncomfortable.
The book was well-written and informative. Based on the level of information presented and the potential squeamishness (the real photo of a person with smallpox blisters especially), I would recommend it for ages 8-12.