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The Picture History of Great Inventors

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Illus. in full color. This visual catalog of the technical achievements that have shaped our lives is illustrated with hundreds of colorful, informative cartoon-style drawings. From the unknown inventor of the wheel to scientists at work on tomorrow's space stations, nearly 50 major inventors are featured, each set in a border brimming with pictorial details of other events and inventions of the time, giving readers a glimpse of that era.

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Overview

Illus. in full color. This visual catalog of the technical achievements that have shaped our lives is illustrated with hundreds of colorful, informative cartoon-style drawings. From the unknown inventor of the wheel to scientists at work on tomorrow's space stations, nearly 50 major inventors are featured, each set in a border brimming with pictorial details of other events and inventions of the time, giving readers a glimpse of that era.

An illustrated introduction to sixty major inventors, from the unknown inventor of the wheel to today's developers of virtual reality.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clements's ( The Illustrated History of the World ) concise yet conversational text and accurate drawings focus on some 60 inventions that have greatly influenced civilization, at the same time spotlighting hundreds of other intriguing discoveries and events. Evidence of the author's fastidious research fills this paper-over-board volume's colorful spreads, each of which is packed with informative sidebars, spot art (much of it accompanied by humorous asides) and an illustrated timeline that helps place the inventions in historical context. After offering an overview of ancient and medieval inventors, Clements zeroes in on key individuals, including Johannes Gutenberg, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Theodore Maiman. An introductory note acknowledges that--due to incomplete historical records and ``limited opportunities in the past for some people''--``many major inventions are associated with European men''; Clements, however, includes notes on the work of selected women and minority members. Her edifying book concludes with an extensive illustrated glossary. Ages 8-12. (May)
Children's Literature
Everyday items like pencils and pencil sharpeners had to be invented by someone. Inventors are people who would like to see things work a different way, need to have a challenge, and expect the future to be different. An inventor can invent something simple, like the pencil, or something complicated like the personal computer. Early inventors like Archimedes had little to work with other than their ideas. Today's inventors have computer technology that lets them see a lot of elements working together at one time. Even though Leonardo da Vinci is best remembered as a famous artist, he was also a man of science, and, thus, an inventor. DaVinci created drawings of things such as mechanical gears and springs, and a flying machine. Even though he did not have the materials to work with to create his inventions, he still imagined them and drew them. Anyone can be an inventor. All you need is an idea for doing something different or better. Biographical entries for 52 inventors are included, each on a single page. Some famous names such as Bell and Marconi are included. An index and a glossary with drawings and diagrams are also included. This is a good addition to the upper elementary and middle school collections in Social Studies or Science curriculums. 2000 (orig. 1993), Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Ages 6 to 12.
—Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-What readers really get here and never mind the all-inclusive title is a look at inventors who were male, white, and residing in Europe or America. Once they get over that bump in the road, they'll find an inquisitive trundle through time, from Archimedes the Archimedes screw to Theodore Maiman the laser. While some biographical data is imparted, along with a look at the famous innovation, more fun can be had and tons of trivia acquired via the tiny vignettes at the side and bottom of each page. Those at the sides give other technological developments that occurred at about the same time as the featured invention Charles Goodyear's vulcanized rubber and Chubb's ``new'' safe share space with Morse's telegraph, for example. The items at the bottom present other ``happenings'': again, using Morse as an example, readers learn that there was a huge meteor shower in 1833, and that Sir Isaac Pitman devised shorthand in 1837. So, willy-nilly, children discover that sterling inventions did not happen in a vacuum; that everyone and everything was tootling along, watching meteors, overheating rubber, and struggling with shorthand. Double-page spreads on ``Earliest Inventions'' and ``Medieval Inventions'' indicate there at least was an Egypt and a Far East. Obviously, this is no in-depth examination suitable for serious research. However, as a way of providing a smattering of information, and giving one food for future thought, this is an approachable, enjoyable title.-Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679847878
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/12/1994
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005

    These inventors are important too.

    While the previous review seems to look down on this book due to its 'non-inclusiveness', I have to say I was pleased to find the white European Male Inventors represented in at least one children's book. A trip to my library to find a book on inventors yielded only books on African American inventors, Women inventors, and of course the book on African American AND Female inventors. There are plenty of books that cover inventions from all parts of the world, just not one that seems to include all of them. This book fills an important void for my children's education since the role of these inventors is so downplayed these days.

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