by Glenn Murphy

Price at time of review: $16.99
64 pp.
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
New York, NY
ISBN: 978-1416938651

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

From the first wheel to bionics, this book gives readers a historical timeline of development through the ages. Students who have grown up in a time when rapid technological advancement is taken for granted will learn to appreciate the impact that the sail, the clock, the train, and even the music player had on people who came before us.

Each page gives readers a visual description of the evolution of an invention while sharing facts and explaining changes in short paragraphs. Eye-catching, computer-generated, color illustrations dominate the design and invite readers to turn the page.

This is the sort of book that works well at a classroom station, to fill extra minutes during extended project time or to inspire further research. Its unique format and emphasis on technology over the ages earned it a place among the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2010.

Review posted on 1/22/2010

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