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How Underwear Got Under There
ISBN: 9780147514486
Author: Shaskan, Kathy/ Dunnick, Regan (ILT)
Publisher: Puffin
Published: April 2015
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: From boxers to briefs and beyond, the origins and history of underwear is provided to readers through amusing facts, fun tidbits, entertaining anecdotes, and cartoon-style illustrations.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 2-3
Grade level: 2-3
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 4.50" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, History, Early Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 July #4)
How Underwear Got Down There: A Brief History by Kathy Shaskan, illus. by Regan Dunnick, examines undergarments through the ages. Looking at factors such as protection, modesty, cleanliness, support and status, this book takes a private subject and opens it up for discussion, using humor and a wealth of facts. (Dutton, $16.99 48p ages 7-up ISBN 9780-525-47178-3; July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 August)

Gr 5–8— Shaskan introduces the topic of underwear with the caveat that historians have little in the way of primary-source material as people throughout history have felt that unmentionables were—well, unmentionable. She does not let this scarcity of documentation prevent her from writing a rollicking account, however. Her treatment of undergarments from ancient times to today is lively, although there is only passing reference to non-European cultures. Various chapters address the clothing in terms of its protection, warmth, cleanliness, support, shaping, and exaggeration. The author is not coy about references to breasts, cleavage, and penises. Dunnick's cartoonlike illustrations further engage readers, but again, the representations are almost all people of European descent. Shaskan's tendency to bounce chattily from one trivia tidbit to another within each chapter can leave readers feeling a little disoriented, and, without references, it is difficult to separate fact from opinion. Peggy J. Parks's Clothing (Gale, 2005) is more general in scope and more useful for reports, but children looking for a good chuckle will enjoy Shaskan's book.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

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