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What's the Big Idea?

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What's the Big Idea?

Inventions That Changed Life on Earth Forever

By Helaine Becker; Steve Attoe (Illustrator)

Maple Tree Press, Hardcover, 9781897349601, 96pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2009

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Description
This lively book by an award-winning author brings to life the history of human innovation for young readers. What's the Big Idea? focuses on those inventions that help fulfill people's six basic needs: food, sleep, security, shelter, companionship, and good health. Main spreads feature a specific invention such as the wheel and axle, paper, bicycles, or the Internet. Each one starts with a -What's the Big Idea?- box that explains the problem the inventors were trying to solve. It answers the pertinent questions: Why this invention and why now? -Fast Facts- and -Big Ideas- sidebars give young readers quick blasts of information reference-style. Twelve special spreads scattered throughout the book highlight either a famous inventor or a specific theme. The -Inventor Biography- spreads profile inventors such as da Vinci, Galileo, and Thomas Edison, and summarize their main inventions. Comic strips deliver an added snippet of information and a humorous punch. Helaine Becker's witty, inventive text and Steve Attoe's wonderfully whimsical art make this a book children can enjoy while they learn.
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