- Savage, Stephen. 2015. Supertruck. New York: Roaring Brook.
- Sayre, April Pulley. 2015. Raindrops Roll. New York: Beach Lane.
Earmuffs for Everyone: how Chester Greenwood became known as the inventor of earmuffsWritten and illustrated by Meghan McCarthyA Paula Wiseman Book: Simon & Schuster. 2014ISBN: 9781481406376All agesI borrowed a copy of this book from my local public library.In Earmuffs for Everyone, the clever and talented Meghan McCarthy offers readers an explanation as to how Chester Greenwood (from Maine)Add a Comment
Get on Board!So begins All Aboard! But All Aboard! is not the story of the Underground Railroad, rather it is the culmination of the Underground Railroad's greater purpose - a self-determined, productive life, lived out in freedom. Elijah McCoy was the son of slaves who escaped to Canada on the Underground Railroad. His determined and hardworking parents saved enough money to send Elijah to school overseas, where he studied to become a mechanical engineer.
we hear our conductor
the song she uses
to let us know
now is the time
to get on board...
the midnight train
we hide and pray
not to be found
we risk our lives
to stay on board...
What a letdown! Elijah knew engines inside and out. He knew how to design them. He knew how to build them. He also knew the boss didn't think much of him because he was Black. But Elijah needed work, so he took the job.Still, Elijah persevered in his job while his mind, trained in engineering, sought to find a solution to the miserable job of "grease monkey," the boys (including Elijah) who oiled all of a train's gears when they frequently seized up due to friction and lack of lubrication. Trains of the time were typically stopped every half hour or so for greasing. After several years, Elijah invented (and patented) an oil cup, which was used successfully to keep the trains running. Travel by train became faster, safer, and more efficient. He continued to invent throughout his life, eventually filing 57 patents! Others tried to copy Elijah McCoy's oil cup, but none were able to match his success.
When engineers wanted to make sure they got the best oil cup, they asked for the real McCoy.All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine is an obscure but inspiring story, made particularly poignant by the juxtaposition of his parents' Underground Railroad experience, and his own experience working for the Michigan Central Railroad. The dialogue is invented and there are no references cited, however, the engaging story is simply told in a manner that makes complex topics like the inventive process and racism accessible to young readers. All Aboard! is short enough that it can easily be read aloud to a classroom or storytime for older children.
Raise your hand if you, or your children, or your grandchildren, have ever owned - or played with - one of these, in some form or other:
|Photo Credit: National Institute of Health "About Faces" Exhibit|
In the Middle Ages
pots were made from pygg.
It was an orange clay
that wasn't hard to dig.
When someone had some money
to save or hide away,
they kept it in their pygg jar
for a future rainy day.
Some potter probably said,
after giving it some thought,
"What if I take my fine pygg clay
and make a pig-shaped pot?"
Well, soon the other pottersHumorous, brightly-colored acrylic paintings accompany each entry, and are a mixture of folk art, caricature and comic styles. The double spread illustrations are framed on three sides by a quilt motif of related illustrations (shoes, doughnuts, etc.) and the fourth side has a border featuring facts - Who, Where, When, and more.
who formed and shaped the clay
were making jars in piggy shapes
just like they do today.
I found this through Upworthy.com–a great site I highly recommend.
Last week it was what was possible as an 80-year-old. Today we’re going quite a bit younger:Add a Comment
The Day-Glo Brothers: the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s bright ideas and brand-new colors by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tony Persiani
I am always on the look-out for books that offer a great story combined with nonfiction. This book definitely has that. Even better, it offers a tangible example of invention that children can relate to and understand. Joe and Bob were not similar brothers. Bob enjoyed working and planning while Joe preferred magic tricks and problem-solving. The two made the perfect inventing pair. After Bob suffered an accident and was limited to living in the family’s basement, Joe joined him there to practice using fluorescence in his magic tricks. The two worked together and created glow-in-the-dark paints. After years of success, they found that with some tweaking they could create paints that glowed even in broad daylight – day-glo colors.
The book is written in a style that is inviting and intelligent. It offers lots of background information on the brothers, understanding that part of the fascination is with the inventors themselves along with their flashy colors. The illustrations work to great effect with their vintage advertising style and effective use of bright colors.
A great biographical nonfiction picture book about an accessible subject, this book will be snatched off of shelves for the cover alone. Add it to bibliographies about inventors and children will be thrilled to have such a youthful title to use for reports. Appropriate for ages 6-8.
Reviewed from library copy.Add a Comment