Inventors

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Martin W. Sandler's Inventors presents the evolution of inventions as they have never been seen before—and celebrates the spirit of the great American inventors who let loose their imaginations and changed the world forever. Americans have been characterized by their inventive spirit since the days of Benjamin Franklin, but the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries proved especially fruitful in groundbreaking discoveries that revolutionized life as we know it. This book includes an author's note, index, and ...

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Overview

Martin W. Sandler's Inventors presents the evolution of inventions as they have never been seen before—and celebrates the spirit of the great American inventors who let loose their imaginations and changed the world forever. Americans have been characterized by their inventive spirit since the days of Benjamin Franklin, but the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries proved especially fruitful in groundbreaking discoveries that revolutionized life as we know it. This book includes an author's note, index, and over one hundred vintage photographs, posters, and paintings from the Library of Congress archives. 1997 Notable Children's Trade Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC). Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Take a look around you. What do you see? A TV? A computer? A telephone? A light bulb? It's very possible that you are virtually surrounded by many inventions that have been created in the last two centuries. Inventors, a Library of Congress book, provides a fascinating, but brief, introduction to some of this countries greatest and most creative minds. Each page allows us to view snippets of history through illustrations and photographs that have been stored in the immense archives of the Library of Congress in Washington D. C. Travel back through time and find out where, when, how, and even why this country's inventive spirit brought to us many of the conveniences that we now think we can't live without.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These album-style offerings combine minimal texts, quotations, and poetry with numerous black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions. The books are attractive, but do not provide much in-depth background or analysis. Although the visual images in Civil War are well chosen and moving, there are organizational and content flaws. Sections about battles are randomly mixed with those about wartime communication and medical care. The section on turning points describes Vicksburg in a few sentences but devotes four pages to Gettysburg. On one page, Sandler has the war beginning in 1858. Also, there are no maps. William Katz's An Album of the Civil War (Watts, 1974; o.p.) is more useful; Joy Hakim's War, Terrible War (Oxford, 1994) has more detail. Inventors fares better. Concentrating on the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it is arranged thematically, with sections on famous inventors, transportation, communication, and entertainment. The author is successful at capturing the exuberant "anything is possible" attitude that so characterized the era. However, this volume does not have the depth of information found in Ira Flatow's They All Laughed (HarperCollins, 1992) or Inventors and Discovers (National Geographic, 1988). Additional purchases for most libraries.Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064467469
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2014
  • Series: Library of Congress Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Sandler

Martin W. Sandler is the author of many books, including The Story of American Photography, which was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. He has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and is one of America's most respected television producers, with five Emmy Awards to his credit. He is the author of five other Library of Congress Books: Pioneers, Cowboys, Immigrants, Presidents, and Civil War. Mr. Sandler and his wife, Carol, live in Massachusetts.

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