Samuel Todd's Book of Great Inventions

Samuel Todd's Book of Great Inventions

by E. L. Konigsburg
     
 

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Meet Samuel Todd
When he wakes up, Samuel Todd looks in the mirror to make sure he's still Samuel Todd. The mirror is just the first of the great inventions that Samuel Todd celebrates every day. From the belt loops and Velcro that make it easier to get and stay dressed, to the training wheels that make four wheels twice as good as three, to one last

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Meet Samuel Todd
When he wakes up, Samuel Todd looks in the mirror to make sure he's still Samuel Todd. The mirror is just the first of the great inventions that Samuel Todd celebrates every day. From the belt loops and Velcro that make it easier to get and stay dressed, to the training wheels that make four wheels twice as good as three, to one last check with the mirror before bedtime (yes, he's still Samuel Todd), his day is filled with important inventions that make his life better — and more fun.
Who but two-time Newbery Medalist E.L. Konigsburg could so perfectly capture a child's wonder at everyday miracles like step stools and french fries?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This Newbery winner's second picture book, after Samuel Todd's Book of Great Colors , again centers on her oldest grandchild. Here, the bespectacled Samuel muses on familiar items he considers worthwhile inventions. The genial child shares his views on the importance of mirrors, belt loops, Velcro, gloves, backpacks, training wheels, ladders, candles, boxes and Halloween. But to Samuel, the telephone and television are not particularly impressive inventions; rather, ``They come with the house like mothers and windows and fathers and walls.'' Kids and adults alike will appreciate the humor--and the truth--in Samuel's astute observations, which are likely to open young eyes to numerous ``great inventions'' they've hitherto taken for granted. Konigsburg's affection for her perspicacious grandson shines through her boldly colored paintings, effectively juxtaposed with smaller drawings that simulate black-and-white photos. Ages 4-7. ( Sept. )
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
In this companion to Samuel Todd's Book of Great Colors the author's grandson notices common inventions that make a difference in his day: belt loops, Velcro, thermos bottles, boxes, training wheels, and so forth. While the artwork is undistinguished, the ideas in the text invite children to celebrate things we take for granted and to think of other inventions while considering how their lives are made easier by such things as step stools and french fries. The "invention" of the cuddle blankets is only depicted as used by little girls--maybe Sam doesn't know any boys who need them. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- In this companion volume to Samuel Todd's Book of Great Colors (Atheneum, 1990), a boy offers random observations and appreciation of everyday things, from the marvel of mirrors to the ups and downs of belt loops and the advantages of Velcro. On the surface, the concept and the language are straightforward, but are presented with a sophistication that may be a bit confusing to young readers accustomed to concrete plot lines. For the most part, the musings themselves reflect a genuinely childlike perspective and are brilliant flashes of clarity that will provide fresh insight into one's surroundings. A few, however, may be slightly abstruse for the average picture-book audience: ``. . . I don't think the telephone and television are great inventions. They come with the house like mothers and windows and fathers and walls.'' Meticulously executed full-color paintings realistically depict Samuel Todd's perceptions, while overlays of black-and-white snapshot-style pencil sketches that feature a multicultural cast of children further illustrate his commentary. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689832024
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 2.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

E.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls’ school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

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