How It’s Made: The Creation of Everyday Items

Abrams. Oct. 2022. 176p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781419753756.
Gr 1-5–A necessary purchase for any classroom with children where curiosity reigns unchecked. Fleece comes from plastic bottles? It takes over 42,000 pictures to make a half-hour cartoon? In this title, Gerencer breaks up the creation of objects from sports equipment to technological necessities into concise details that will satisfy a broad array of interests. Most materials have from two to four pages of description, with small boxes clearly explaining the process. There’s a smart use of photos showing each procedure, with illustrated arrows and figures enhancing the knowledge. It keeps the pages from being static, adding just enough detail to draw in children. Colorful side boxes add fun facts and essential vocabulary. Sometimes they have awesome additions, such as a recipe for Asian noodles or how to make a potato battery. Importantly, it’s not all science and mechanics; this comprehensive book makes sure to detail art and food and musical instruments.
VERDICT Everyone will find something fascinating in these pages.

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