Mistakes That Worked

Finding the Bright Side of FailureMistakes That Worked books by Charlotte Foltz Jones

  • What: Mistakes That Worked 
  • When: 6 to 10 years
  • Why: Educational, motivational
  • Where: Amazon

Got a perfectionist on your hands? Want to encourage your child to learn from their failures? Or maybe you just wonder how some everyday items came to be. No matter the reason, kids and adults alike will enjoy the enlightenment provided by Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones.

Mistakes That Worked book on Amazon

This book contains information about the accidental invention of over 40 familiar items, place names, and more. Separated into categories such as food (including the French Fry and tea), medicine, toys, place names, clothing, and miscellaneous, this book gives each item a quick section on how it came to be. What do they all have in common? Each one was discovered unintentionally, and resulted from turning a mistake into a success. 

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Each invention gets its own section explaining how it came about.

You can read one section at a time, look up a particular item, or even read about all 40 inventions in one sitting. Regardless of how you choose to use this book, for motivation, education, or entertainment, every reader will learn about the joys of failure and how nothing can turn into something. Whether it’s an invention that saves lives around the world or brings pleasure to millions, you’ll be surprised and delighted to learn about the basic beginnings of some of the most popular and useful discoveries.

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