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Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature Hardcover – August 1, 2011


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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554534674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554534678
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dora Lee lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. From an early age, she was interested in both science and writing. As she grew older, writing took a backseat to jobs in biotechnology research and development.

Margot Thompson is an illustrator of children's books including the award-winning Tree of Life, Sea Monsters, Make a Change: Shapes, and Make a Change: Opposites. She also works as a designer at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on July 30, 2012
A bit hokey on the whole "Mother Nature" stuff (may as well go whole-hog and call her Gaia, eh?), but science has interesting things to teach us about solving problems in new (old) and natural ways. This is an exciting book, with lots of well-written information and clever illustrations. Could this book give your young scientists great ideas for science fair projects? Yes, indeed.

Great vocabulary in this book, including: amino acids, antibiotics, autism, bactreia, biomimicry, camouflage, decompose...
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This book would be wonderful for kids, or even for an adult who yearns for the days of the How and Why types of wonderbooks. It introduces the relatively new field of biomimicry-- the study of animals to understand their engineering specialties, in a concise, readable, and understandable way. Although it is aimed at small children, I pass this one around in my 300-level invertebrate zoology class on the first day. The simplicity assures my students that the ideas are not too complex, and it helps them to understand that zoology is more than simply a course they need to get through. It's a course that can help them find an organism that sparks excitement by its abilities..
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By glinkot on March 7, 2013
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Reviews had led me to believe this was a serious book covering biomimicry in its various forms. It's a childrens book, so just be aware of that before you purchase.
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