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ISBN13: 9780805061963
ISBN10: 0805061967
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A fresh, intriguing look at the stories behind great toy inventions.

"Originally, Play-Doh only came in white. There's a good reason for this. You see, Play-Doh didn't start out as a toy. It started out as a product for cleaning wallpaper."

Have you ever wondered who invented Lego, Mr. Potato Head, or toy trains? Here are the fascinating stories behind these toy inventions and many others. Learn why the see-saw was popular with the Romans, how the Slinky was used during the Vietnam War, and the reason Raggedy Ann has a red heart on her chest that says "I love you." From dolls and checkers to pinball and the modern video game, there's a wide selection here for boys and girls alike.

With humor and wit, this intriguing book serves up slices of cultural history that will inspire young readers to start thinking up their own toy inventions.

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Did you know that ...<BR>-- Each year, Lionel Trains produces more than a million engines, cabooses, and other railroad cars? (If hitched together, they would make a toy train about fifty miles long.)<BR>-- King Louis XIV, Napoleon, and Queen Victoria all had collections of wind-up toys?<BR>-- In late nineteenth-century France, more than five million tin soldiers were made from discarded sardine containers?<BR>-- The youngest international champion in table tennis was eight-year-old Joy Foster of Jamaica?<BR>-- Play-Doh originally came only in white? (There's a good reason for this: it started out as a product for cleaning wallpaper!)

About the Author

Don Wulffson is the author of many books for young readers including The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Other Strange Inventions. A teacher of English and creative writing, Mr. Wulffson is the recipient of the Leather Medal Award for Poetry. He lives with his family in Northridge, California.

Laurie Keller is the author and illustrator of The Scrambled States of America and Open Wide-Tooth School Inside. She also illustrated Marty Frye, Private Eye by Janet Tashjian. Ms. Keller lives in New York City.

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Cakelady, July 26, 2012 (view all comments by Cakelady)
A fun read. Interesting history to some childhood favorites!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805061963
Subtitle:
Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions
Author:
Keller, Laurie
Author:
Laurie
Author:
Wulffson, Don
Author:
National Geographic Learning
Author:
Keller
Author:
Keller, Laurie
Publisher:
Square Fish
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Toys, Dolls, & Puppets
Subject:
Science & Technology - General
Subject:
Toys
Subject:
Inventions
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Technical
Subject:
Science & Technology - Inventions & Discoveries
Subject:
Technology - Inventions & Discoveries
Subject:
Childrens Science
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Technology-Inventions
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
Series Volume:
98-2
Publication Date:
20141202
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 3 to 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.1875 in
Age Level:
08-12

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