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The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  440 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Did you know Band-Aids were invented by accident?! And that they weren't mass-produced until the Boy Scouts gave their seal of approval?

1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself. The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but Earle's bos
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 13th 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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A young couple meet and marry. Josephine is prone to accidents and getting cuts. Her husband, Earle, has a father that is a doctor and Earle works in medical supplies. You know what happens next: Earle creates the Band-Aid.

This is the evolution of what we now know as our go to bandage. They even mention the red strip you pull down the side. If you are from my generation, you remember opening this band-aid and the satisfaction of getting that strip perfectly down the side.

The Boy Scouts help po
Christina Carter
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-excursion
Ouch! Ow! My gosh that hurts! We all get boo-boos. Cuts, scratches, scrapes, brush burns and the like and in that instance, that moment of pain and discomfort, it is likely that you may have covered it right up with a Band-Aid. It calms the tears of our little ones and eases our way back to the task at hand for many. But had you ever thought about who invented this handy little essential piece to every first-aid kit? Why was it invented, when, and how? As Barry Wittenstein points out in his Auth ...more
Ms. Yingling
Library copy

Interesting story about a product used frequently today (I think I hand out as many adhesive bandages as the nurse does!), with charming illustrations. I'm not sure I'll include it in my middle school library, since most of the story is fictionalized, and I tend toward more informational picture books. Also, I must have read this on a bad day, because I kept thinking horrible things about why the wife kept cutting herself. Did she have some sort of degenerative nerve disorder? Was it
Gary Anderson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a newlywed, Josephine is accident-prone, especially in the kitchen working with knives. Luckily, her husband Earle knows early 20th Century medical supplies, so he can help Josephine with first aid for her “boo-boos.” Earle wonders if there might be a simpler way to bandage small cuts. This curiosity launches the narrative of Barry Wittenstein’s The Boo-Boos that Changed the World, a picture book biography about the inventor of the Band-Aid that highlights the creative process involved in inv ...more
The Reading Countess
A tale about perseverance, a little bit of luck and a whole lot of boo-boos, this inspirational, biographical picture book should be read aloud and discussed by every teacher.
First sentence: Once upon a time, in 1917 actually, a cotton buyer named Earle Dickson married his beloved, Josephine, and they lived happily ever after. The end. Actually, that was just the beginning. The newlyweds expected to live a quiet life in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Instead, Earle and Josephine ended up changing the world, one boo-boo at a time.

Premise/plot: This is a nonfiction book about the inventor of the band-aid. There is a personal story behind this invention.

My thoughts: I found
Barry Wittenstein clearly has a great sense of humor, because during the telling of this interesting story, he's made me laugh quite a lot. Certainly, I did not laugh when he began after Earle Dickson married his sweetheart, Josephine, and discovered that she had lots of small accidents, like tiny cuts when preparing dinner. And sad to say, all she had to stop the bleeding was a kitchen rag. Barry's father was a doctor so he knew all about infections, and Barry worked for a company that made ho ...more
Melanie Dulaney
Terrific narrative non-fiction for a product that nearly every child in the world has used--the band-aid! The book cover is clever, the inside illustrations brightly colored and engaging, and the text easy to follow with a hint of humor. Author Barry Wittenstein makes this book more versatile and useful with learners of different abilities by adding several timelines and online extensions at the end. These additions are likely to encourage outside research on other medical inventions by many stu ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bookaday #32. 5 stars. Fabulous nonfiction for young readers, about a product they are all familiar with! Love the writing style, easily a hit as a read aloud. Engaging illustrations and back matter.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love books that explain how a problem sparks an invention that changes the world. An accident prone young wife and a husband who understands infection in cuts thinks and thinks about what he can do to help his wife avoid cutting herself. The light bulb goes off over his head and he begins attaching cotton to adhesive tape that can be cut into pieces and personally applied to the cut. I thought the amazing thing was how long it took for this to catch on and that the company gave away the Band- ...more
Becky B
A biographical picture book of Earle Dickson who invented the band-aid for his accident-prone wife, and how his invention grew in popularity.

So the title of this is a play on words. Dickson didn't invent the band aid by accident, but he invented it for an accident. And when he decided to develop it for market it wasn't super popular at first. The way they got the band aid to catch on was an interesting look at a marketing scheme. A fascinating picture book history of an everyday item we take for
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barry Wittenstein is very witty. I brought this book into my second grade classes for the fall of 2018. The kids enjoy it every time he ends a page with "the end". After the first page they exclaim each time "NO". It is a fun way to start my visit to their classroom. I also bring in a box of band-aids to show them the Johnson & Johnson brand name. Its such a fun read for me to share!
Lisa D
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
Shannan Hicks
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
Great book about a common item. I love the structure of the book.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This informative & fun non fiction picture book answers the question, how and why bandaids were invented. Thank you @charlesbridgepublishing for sending us a review copy. All opinions are our own. .
The Boo-Boos That Changed The World - A True Story About An Accidental Invention (Really!) by Barry Wittenstein & Illustrated by Chris Hsu is a true winner! .
Maybe I am in a minority, having collected bandaids as a kid, but I had wondered about the first bandaids. Even if you have never wond
I was really looking forward to reading this, and found the story interesting (the end). Not yet, actually, the illustrations really captured me, and I wanted to know more as I read more (the end). Almost. However, the author's constant use of breaking up the text really began to irritate me (the end). Just kidding, but do you see what I mean here? This constant "the end" stuff is vexing (the end).

The End.
I didn't know what a debt of gratitude I owed Earle and Josephine...Like her, I'm klutzy and often run into things that end up hurting me. Lucky for me and Josephine, her loving husband, Earle, invented bandages (later named 'band-aids') to cover her wounds and help the heal.

A clever story told with humor that gives us real the world ended up with bandaids!

Shari Keller
This is how all historical books for children should be done! Author added just the right amount of humor to fact to make a throughly enjoyable read aloud about how Band-Aids were invented. What kid can’t relate to boo-boos and Band-Aids??? Great way to throw in some American history into your read aloud time.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our goddaughters loved this book and had me read it a total of 4 (maybe 5) times in their short visit. It is based on a true story about the invention of band-aids and was pretty cute, especially since the story kept "ending".
Laura Weakland
Love the light bulb illustrations for some great "aha" moments. Also, loved the repeating of The End again and again. So fun! My kids were engaged the whole time
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful telling of how band-aids were invented.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED the story. Enjoyed the humor. And I think little ones will really appreciate the story of the history of the...
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
What a great story! I love the layout too. The End. Oh wait!
Clever way to expose the history of the Band-Aid®. Great illustrations, too!
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Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrific and informative, all while appealing to the youngest readers. The Band-Aid is a vital staple that is easy to take for granted today, but its road to being within the medicine cabinet of every home wasn't a smooth one. I like how Wittenstein cleverly plays with ending the story multiple times to show the winding journey that this item took in going from idea to invention to mass production to public acceptance. The timelines in the back devoted to both Earle Dickson and other inventions ...more
Every invention has a history, but there are some things just so common we rarely give them much thought. Readers will be entertained and informed by the story of how the band-aid was invented and how they were first used. Barry Wittenstein has an engaging writing style that brings this nonfiction story to life and Chris Hsu's illustrations make this a charming and enlightening picture book.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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