Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story about an Accidental Invention (Really!) by Barry Wittenstein

It was a perfect storm; Earle Dickson's father was a doctor, he worked for a medical company (Johnson & Johnson), and he married a woman named Josephine who was a total klutz. Earle was trying to meet a need of his wife, yet created a product that all of those around the world could use, Band-aids! Barry Wittenstein hilariously shares the story of Earle Dickson: The Boo-Boos That Changed the World with quick wit and sense of humor to share the accidental creation of band-aids.

Go ahead, sing along!

Did you know that Band-Aids brand consists of the words bandage and First Aid? This is one of the many things I learned about this invention, that I personally used numerous of times. Of course, I could not talk about band-aids without sharing one of my favorite Shel Silverstein poems:

We all know a few kids just like the one in the poem, wants a band-aid but has no cut or sore to place it on. I love reading biographies and finding out about the incredible things people have done in
history that has provided us with little luxuries (that we do not even think about). Then I like to think about what would life be like without such inventions: cotton swabs, post-it notes, highlighters, bread ties, tupperware containers, the printing press, cup holders, and so much more! Let us not forget, at one time someone decided to ground coffee beans, pour hot water on the coffee grounds, so he or she could drink it!
Image: Kurasu Kyoto

In the classroom, after reading the story; I would ask my students to have a discussion or write in their journals about inventions they think are amazing and are glad that they have. Then, I would ask them to share about something that they would like to create to help out a situation in their own life ... as a class we can discuss if we think we could use something like this in our lives!

I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book everyday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...


  1. I never actually thought of how band aids were created. I will have to check this book out.

    1. It’s funny, we use all the items everyday. Who knew this one would have an interesting story behind it. I hope you enjoy it, as much as I did Sara!

  2. It's a very fun book that tells this story. I'm glad you liked it!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Linda!

      a latte of blessings & sparkles, Jeanie


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