By Donna Latham, Andrew Christensen
Age point: 9 - 12 | Grade point: 3 - 7
Inviting young ones to discover the innovation and actual technological know-how at the back of constructions the realm relies on, this interactive booklet comprises trivialities and enjoyable proof that illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements from historical aqueducts to the Suez Canal and the Hoover Dam. Readers will realize that engineers and developers alike placed their lives at the line to boost civilization, experiencing triumphs and tragedies in construction monstrous. via spectacular good fortune and heartbreaking failure, they built more and more refined instruments and development tools. actions and initiatives inspire little ones to discover the engineering procedure and to attempt, attempt back via trial and blunder. they're going to have interaction in hands-on explorations of buoyancy, Newton’s 3rd legislations of movement, and forces that push and pull buildings. initiatives contain making a paper-cup zip line, construction an arch, and simulating a tsunami whereas experimenting with gravity, hydroponics, and pace. via this ebook, kids will achieve an appreciation for the real box of engineering as they advance their very own construction abilities.
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There is no complicated prospectus, more fit for adults than children, of dream projections of waking originals. The text has a serene confidence in its own imaginative conditions that, along with its disquietingly simple style, are its lasting strengths. For those raised on the movie, what is 舠missing舡 is surface complexity, density of characterization, and witty dialogue. Baum舗s prose is clear and childlike and represents an uncompromising attention to plot rather than style, to events over character.
The fact that the absence of a heart actually produces something more profound舒intense regard for everything that moves舒is completely lost on the Woodman, just as the Scarecrow is clueless when it comes to knowing the real meaning of having brains. All three companions are alike in assuming a transparent relationship between signs and their meanings舒brains, heart, and courage舒and this, of course, is the book舗s running joke: All three already possess what they go looking for. 舡 14 The operative word there is perceived.
The magical Silver Shoes coexist with the Wizard舗s balloon, the balloon with the Wicked Witch, the tinkers and the tinsmiths with the Winged Monkeys and that oddest of Oz舗s brain belches, the dainty china people. The title of chapter XVI, 舠The Magic Art of the Great Humbug,舡 effectively summarizes what Baum is up to: forging an alliance between the human and the occult, the latter being owned by the former. Under no compulsion to separate the fantastic from the science fiction element, he ignores the self-consciously generic distinction, still enforced on newsstands where you can find Analog side by side with The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, between the magical and the manufactured.