What's the Big Idea?: Inventions That Changed Life on Earth Forever

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Maple Tree Press, Sep 15, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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This lively book by an award-winning author brings to life the history of human innovation for young readers. What's the Big Idea? focuses on those inventions that help fulfill people's six basic needs: food, sleep, security, shelter, companionship, and good health. Main spreads feature a specific invention such as the wheel and axle, paper, bicycles, or the Internet. Each one starts with a "What’s the Big Idea?" box that explains the problem the inventors were trying to solve. It answers the pertinent questions: Why this invention and why now? "Fast Facts" and "Big Ideas" sidebars give young readers quick blasts of information reference-style. Twelve special spreads scattered throughout the book highlight either a famous inventor or a specific theme. The "Inventor Biography" spreads profile inventors such as da Vinci, Galileo, and Thomas Edison, and summarize their main inventions. Comic strips deliver an added snippet of information and a humorous punch. Helaine Becker's witty, inventive text and Steve Attoe's wonderfully whimsical art make this a book children can enjoy while they learn.

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Jake's Review: The pictures are hilarious. Everything was educational (Mom's love that stuff) but it was a fun way of learning about things. I think this is a good book to give to my teacher, because ... Read full review

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This is such a great read! Very interesting tid-bits throughout. Each page has a new invention or inventor to focus on so the reader can really just pick this book up and read any section. The ... Read full review

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HELAINE BECKER is an experienced educational writer currently living in Toronto, specializing in math, science, and language arts, with over 90 published works. She has written science materials for American Educational Products, spelling supplementals for Rigby, middle school level biographies for school library publisher Blackbirch Press, and math and language materials for Learning Resources.

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