“The Story of Inventions”

Written by Anna Claybourne, Illustrated by Adam Larkum

To my delight, I came across this book at my local library. The novel-like binding intrigued me. I thought it might be written like a novel, diving deep into a couple of inventions and their backstory–similar to the documentary series “How we Got to Now”. Note: If you haven’t seen that series, it is something to check out. I loved the one on glass: https://ceramics.org/ceramic-tech-today/pbs-documentary-how-we-got-to-now-highlights-glasss-past. Here is a link to learn more about the series: https://www.pbs.org/how-we-got-to-now/about/about-the-series/

See the links above to learn more about this documentary series.

However this book isn’t written like a novel. Instead it tells the mini-story of 39 different inventions, from Inventing the Wheel to Taking Photos. It also includes an introduction about inventions themselves, a conclusion about ideas, and an invention timeline–I do love a good timeline. šŸ™‚

The multiple illustrations that are peppered throughout the book has a similar format to a DK Smithsonian book, but the text has a narrative structure. It is truly a combination of narrative and informative prose–fun!

It is a great addition to any 2nd+ classroom, a home education program, or just as a fun read. The topic of inventions is always a hit. šŸ™‚

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