Bright Ideas: The Age of Invention in America 1870-1910

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Imagine that you couldn't turn on a light by flipping a switch, had no telephone on which to call your friends, and that there were no traffic lights on the roads! Seem impossible? Well it wasn't-none of these things existed before the Age of Invention in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bright Ideas tells the story of these and other miraculous inventions that have shaped the world we know today. Learn how inventive minds work and how they overcame obstacles on the path to their great achievements. Read ...
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Overview

Imagine that you couldn't turn on a light by flipping a switch, had no telephone on which to call your friends, and that there were no traffic lights on the roads! Seem impossible? Well it wasn't-none of these things existed before the Age of Invention in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bright Ideas tells the story of these and other miraculous inventions that have shaped the world we know today. Learn how inventive minds work and how they overcame obstacles on the path to their great achievements. Read about the building of a brighter America-one that learned how to make a telephone call from coast to coast and took to the road in Henry Ford's cars built on the first assembly lines. Even flying in the air became attainable! This age and the inventors who contributed to it paved the way for the future of America and revolutionized the way this country works, produces, and lives. Bright Ideas illuminates this exciting period in time for all its readers and may inspire even greater inventions or future inventors. Like the others in the series, ,Bright Ideas is illustrated with period photographs, paintings, and drawings. Also included are a glossary and an index.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Young readers are taken on a journey back in time to the Age of Invention, 1870-1910, when some of America's finest discoveries were made. Electricity, traffic lights, cameras, and flight are a few of the discoveries described, along with photographs of the inventors and other helpful information. Well-written and insightful, this title tells the story of miraculous inventions that have shaped the world we know today. Young readers will come away with a better understanding of history and the process of inventing. 2005, National Geographic Society, Ages 8 to 12.
—Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-These solid titles for report writers may even pull in a few curious browsers because of their plentiful, full-color photos and reproductions. The layouts are inviting, and the texts are clear, informative, and readable, although stiff at times. Rosen covers the beginning of the Virginia colony through the creation of Williamsburg. "Meet" boxes scattered throughout dispense brief information on key settlers. Bright Ideas offers an interesting exploration of the world of invention with plenty of details on specific individuals as well as a look at the discovery process. The positive and negative impact of certain inventions is explored. Well-known figures such as Thomas Edison are included alongside lesser-known individuals such as Jan Matzeliger, who came up with a machine to attach shoe tops to their soles. Both titles are strong purchases for libraries looking for easy, attractive material in these areas.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792282761
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Crossroads America Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Rossi learned English as she was growing up in the United States. "My family is Swedish, so at home we spoke Swedish, and our traditions were Swedish." Growing up in two cultures sparked her interest in the world. "As a small child I loved looking at maps to see all the different countries. I enjoyed learning about the people who lived in those countries, their history, culture, and languages." Those subjects still interest Ann, who, not surprisingly, likes to travel. When she is not exploring the world, she lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and cat. She works as an editor and writer.
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