Home Windmills

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Every great invention begins with a great idea! Read all the books in this series and learn about the history and impact of some of the most fascinating innovations and inventions of our time. Explore the idea's early stages of development, problems encountered along the way, and how each great idea has influenced our lives.
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Overview

Every great invention begins with a great idea! Read all the books in this series and learn about the history and impact of some of the most fascinating innovations and inventions of our time. Explore the idea's early stages of development, problems encountered along the way, and how each great idea has influenced our lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Part of the series "A Great Idea," which conveys techniques to limit environmental damage, this chapter book focuses on windmills as a way to reduce the "many costs of electricity." The book describes how a physicist and his neighbor developed windmills that produce electricity, without the need for battery power, for their homes. Their success led them to start a home-windmill business. Other topics addressed include ways that these machines have "changed the world" and the future of these machines. Interspersed throughout the text are helpful, though not riveting, sidebars and photographs that contain or illustrate technical information. It concludes with a glossary of terms, which are highlighted in the text, and a bibliography for further study. Written in a straightforward, flat tone, this book would be an appropriate, though incomplete, source of information for students assigned to report on windmills; it is doubtful that students not already engaged in environmental issues would find it intrinsically appealing. Several problems might confuse and mislead students. With the focus almost exclusively on windmills produced by one company, the book almost reads like an advertisement. Numbers are conveyed inconsistently with some written out in text and others presented as numerals. Above all, disadvantages and political opposition to windmills are not addressed at all. These problems are not necessarily dispositive but teachers should be aware of them to prepare students before they read the book. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603570695
  • Publisher: Norwood House Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Many Costs of Electricity 4

Chapter 2 The Modern Home Windmill Is Born 14

Chapter 3 How the Home Windmill Has Changed the World 24

Chapter 4 What's Next for Home Windmills? 34

Glossary 43

For More Information 45

Index 46

About the Author 48

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