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Exciting Entertainment Inventions

Exciting Entertainment Inventions

by Ryan Jacobson
     
 

Can you believe that the first tennis balls didn't bounce? Or that the world's first basketball hoop was a peach crate? Get ready to learn the amazing stories behind inventions you use every day. From the Minnesota teen who invented water skis to the Missouri mechanic who came up with the idea of driving over cars with his monster pickup truck, you'll find out how

Overview

Can you believe that the first tennis balls didn't bounce? Or that the world's first basketball hoop was a peach crate? Get ready to learn the amazing stories behind inventions you use every day. From the Minnesota teen who invented water skis to the Missouri mechanic who came up with the idea of driving over cars with his monster pickup truck, you'll find out how we got some of our favorite entertainment inventions.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Awesome Inventions You Use Every Day" series, Jacobson explains stuff kids know of, but not necessarily about. How do 3-D movies work? Who invented the Ferris Wheel? And did you know someone had to invent the baseball glove? As is true with the whole series, each subject is explained in a two-page spread with the text on the even page, and strong photos on the odd, or facing pages. Many of the photos have substantial captions or sidebars, expanding on a point in the text. So in the section on roller coasters, we learn that thrill rides started with a switchback railway in Pennsylvania—who knew? The rest of the main text explains the ride's development to what we know today, while the sidebar on the photo page explains that in 1600s people in Russia took thrill rides on the ice, using primitive sleds. The writing is suitably breezy, but accurate. Small, stick-figure cartoons appear amid the text, adding levity. These are fun books that will be read quickly and thoroughly. They hit the new common core standards of nonfiction reading material, but are neither dry, nor boring. Back matter includes glossary, lists of further information and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 2–4—This set is a browsers' delight as well as a rich resource for science or pop-history report writers. The volumes each pair breezy but factual accounts of the development of 10 to 12 common items with a mix of modern and period images or photos. Familiar as the inventions are (e.g., blue jeans, Band-Aids, Botox, toilet paper, and instant replay), the stories of their creations are often not so easy to discover. The generous annotated resource lists at the end of each volume add further value.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467710947
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Series:
Awesome Inventions You Use Every Day Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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