Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo (Beginner Books)

by Rosetta Stone

Other authorsMichael Frith (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1975



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Random House Books for Young Readers (1975), Book Club Edition, 48 pages


The mere sneeze of a bug triggers a chain reaction involving, among others, cows, turtles, policemen, and an entire circus parade.

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LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
This is a cute narrative depiction of the butterfly effect, though I wished a bit that it led up to more than "and everything was a big mess."
LibraryThing member Carolina500
It shows everything that can happen from one little incident! cute!
LibraryThing member carka
This escaped me as a child...but I discovered it when selecting Maggie's Christmas books. It's a funny one that she loves to read.
LibraryThing member jbagley
One of my favorites from when I was little. I think my son will enjoy it when he is a bit older.
LibraryThing member David.Alfred.Sarkies
An alternate title for this book could quite well be 'Chaos Theory for Kids' or more aptly 'The Butterfly Effect for Kids'. This little book pretty much outlines the idea behind the Butterfly Effect: the theory that if a butterfly flaps its wings in China it causes a hurricane in Miami. Okay, this
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book is not that extreme, but because a little bug sneezed it created a chain of events which resulted in a boat sinking, a helicopter crashing, a farmer running around the city with a bucket on his head, and a policeman crashing against a rock.
Another way we could look at this book would be 'Cause and Effect for kids' meaning that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, though the reactions in this book are not necessarily equal, but rather compounding upon compounding until such a time as all hell breaks loose, and this is all because a little bug sneezed. I wonder if fans of this book sit in their science classes and when the teacher asks then to explain the theory of cause and effect whether a cheeky kid will put his hand up and say 'is it because a little bug went ka-choo?'
The other thing that caught my attention was that I discovered that this book was written by Rosetta Stone. What, The Rosetta Stone? I didn't know that the Rosetta Stone was an author, but I wonder if it is actually a pen name. I wonder if Rosetta Stone uses that name because the Rosetta Stone actually taught us how to read Ancient Egyptian and as such the modern Rosetta Stone is not only teaching children to read, but also teaching them to understand the complexities of modern science? There are many questions, and not enough answers – maybe there is a Dr Suess book out there that will help me understand that as well?
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9.31 inches


0394831306 / 9780394831305



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