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Summary: This book is about inventors from Archimedes to Thomas Edison. It talks about who invented the pulley (among other things), and gives you the steps of how to make it. This is a non-fiction book that explains the inventive process and how things work.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 8
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old student at Northumberland Elementary School (Heathsville, Virginia).
Young Reader Reaction: This book is fun; it has good pictures and steps. I read this book several times because I liked that it teaches me how to make the project and who invented it. This is a nice book for science projects.
Adult Reader Reaction: What an interesting book to read! We learned things, too. We especially liked how the book offered hands-on activities to make inventions more relevant to kids. This IS a good book for elementary-school science projects.
Pros: Kids will like this book. "It is the best for reading and the projects you can do."
Cons: When you go to a bookseller website, it is billed for ages 4-8 or 5-8. It may be a little too much for preschoolers and Kindergarteners.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that is fun to explore. It is perfect for school and public libraries.
Educational Themes: This is a book that offers biographical information, lessons on the scientific process, and actual projects. Having started asking questions about some of these items, kids may be interested in learning about other inventions.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.