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December 4, 2008

Brainstorm

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Brainstorm

Author: Tom Tucker

Page Length: 148

Reading Level: 7

Genre: Non Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Did you know that kids as young as six years old have created patented inventions? What is a patent and what does it take to get one? All of these questions and more are answered as Tucker details for the reader the stories of 20 American kid inventors. Some of them went on to become famous wealthy inventors while others were happy just to have their creations used by others. Everything from water skis, ear muffs, the television, and the modern day popsicle were all invented by kids.

REVIEW: The book opens with an explanation and history of the evolution of the patent process. This would be a good place for making historical connections with the Industrial Revolution era. This book serves as a great teaching tool for talking about perseverance and how students must believe in themselves and look for their talents. The stories are short – so keeping students focused shouldn’t be too hard. However, although the concepts are fascinating, some of the details of the designs are tiring (unless the reader is scientifically inclined).

AREAS FOR TEACHING: non-fiction, making predictions, assessing cause and effect, sequence of events

RELATED BOOKS: Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors, Hooray for Inventors!

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://inventors.about.com/od/kidinventions/Inventions_Made_By_Kids.htm

http://www.kidzworld.com/article/1010-kid-inventors-in-history

http://www.amazing-kids.org/kids3-00.htm

http://www.ideafinder.com/features/classact/young.htm

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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