This is not a "little princess" story. Tina whines and wheedles to get her mother and grandfather to get her a pair of socks and she becomes so fond of the socks she refuses to take them off until, eventually, her classmates take matters (and Tina) into their own hands. This tale grew out of a story Mr. Munsch made up on the spur of the moment while visiting an Indian Reserve across the river from Hay River on Great Slave Lake in Canada's high Arctic. Tina, one of the kids, had very colorful socks, and he made up a story where she kept switching her dirty socks for other people’s clean socks. It was not a very good story, he remembered, but Tina liked it. Although the original story may not have been a very good one, the dirty socks idea turned out to be a good one. It was almost 5 years later that he wrote Smelly Socks.
Smelly Socks to the rescue - smelly socks may be a solution to reducing the risk of contracting malaria borne by mosquitoes throughout the world. Experiments are underway in Tanzania using smelly socks as bait in mosquito traps . Read more of this Washington Post story by clicking here.