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. Volume XVI Number 16. . . .December 18, 2009
What’s the Big Idea? is a bright and attractive book which explores the fundamental inventions and discoveries made by mankind from the earliest times to the present. Via easy to read print and brightly coloured cartoons, the greatest inventions that we take for granted are explained, and the impressive people who generated these ideas are introduced. The wheel, the printing press, the light bulb, and the personal computer, are all explained in easy to follow and amusing layouts.
This book would make a very welcome addition to any school or public library, and, while it will probably appeal mostly to boys, many girls are also going to be attracted to these bright and informative pages. One aspect of this book is, however, surprising and disappointing. Published by Maple Leaf Press, there was no mention of specifically Canadian inventions that could be considered important – including the Zamboni, the ski-doo, the canoe, diabetes treatment, and the Blackberry. Even Alexander Graham Bell’s experiments on Cape Breton Island were omitted.
However, if we forgive these curious omissions, this book is:
Wendy Williams is a teacher-librarian, and her grade 5 & 6 Book Club are currently enjoying Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.
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