The story behind toilets

by Raum, Elizabeth.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 11 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction j 392.36 RA
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Children's Non-Fiction j GT476.R38 2009
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CLP - Brookline Children's Non-Fiction j GT476.R38 2009
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection j GT476.R38 2009
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CLP - South Side Children's Non-Fiction Collection j GT476.R38 2009
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Non-Fiction Collection j GT476.R38 2009
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J 363.72 RAUM
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 696 R19
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Oversize j q 696.182 RAU
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 696.182 RAU 2009
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South Park Library Juvenile j696.82 RAU
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Summary
Where can you find a twelve-seater toilet? Why did castle moats smell so disgusting? What was the 'Great Stink'? To uncover the hidden facts behind everyday things, explore the secrets of True Stories. True Stories reveals the surprising truth about a range of subjects. Discover everything you could wish to know, and some things you'll wish you didn't, about a huge range of topics!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Kicking off with a shot of the porcelain god and some bolded vocabulary (urine and excrement), this fascinating entry in the True Stories series quickly goes down the drain and that's not a criticism. Virtually everything related to toilets is covered, from the bodily functions that require such facilities all the way to the technology of the toilets of tomorrow (toilet-to-tap system, anyone?). A Short History of Toilets is the most surprising chapter, with its running time line of toilet innovations, photograph of an ancient 12-man Tunisian toilet, period sketches of waste being chucked from village windows, and a 1884 newspaper clipping advertising the ornamental flush-down W.C. of Thomas Crapper. Raum has the arcana down: chamber pots featuring the mugs of unpopular leaders in the 1700s, the boat tours of Paris sewers in the 1800s, and even the origin of the alligator-in-the-sewer urban myth. But there's real educational value here, too, notably in the discussion of sewage-treatment plants, the debate over pay toilets, the international scope of health problems related to poor sanitation, and the twisty time line that ends the book. Whether you call it a lavatory, loo, or latrine, this might be a good book for the reading room. --Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series True stories (Heinemann Library (Firm))
Subjects Toilets -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Chicago, Ill. :Heinemann Library,2009
Language English
Description 32 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 31) and index.
ISBN 9781432923501 (hc)
1432923501 (hc)
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