Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature

Charlesbridge. Jul. 2021. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781580899475.
K-Gr 3–This work invites readers to imagine how nature inspires innovative thinkers to create real-world solutions. Each mimic maker is introduced through illustrations that follow the development of a biomimicry project from nature to invention; short explanatory paragraphs are tucked into the artwork to support and expand the visual narrative. The renderings do a lot of the storytelling, giving young readers the opportunity to explore and ask questions based on what they see. Boston’s illustrations are intricate and accessible, drawing readers in for a closer look at the action. Nordstrom’s text doesn’t overwhelm the page; rather, it serves as a guidance component for questions young readers may have about the research or technology presented. This is a good book to open up and let young readers take the lead by reading the illustrations first. Adults reading along can build on initial visual readings with the provided text, generating discussions about science, nature, and technology. Mimic Makers also offers an opportunity to “meet” the makers: short biographies with photographs in the back matter identify the real-life mimic makers presented in the book. There are also suggestions for kids on how they can be mimic makers, as well as a series of resources and a bibliography for further study.
VERDICT Purchase this fascinating informational text for science collections and classroom use.

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