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Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions Hardcover – July 1, 2000
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Victoria Kidd, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I love discussing with them the humble origins that many of the most memorable toys of the last 100 years come from. You don't have to be a genius or wealthy to have a great, original idea.
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"Slinky's most recent accomplishment was in outer space. Bunches have gone aboard space shuttles. The purpose: to test the effects of zero gravity on springs."
"Playing with a four-sided top called a dreidel is a Hanukkah tradition. Each side has a Hebrew letter, and the letter on which the dreidel falls determines of the player wins the prize."
"Ironically, after becoming a popular toy, many practical uses have been found for Silly Putty. Mechanics use it to clean equipment, dry cleaners to remove lint, and zookeepers to make casts of animal footprints for purposes of identification."
"Before the Christian era, the Greeks and Arabs made mechanical toys powered by air, water, or mercury."
"In Europe during the Middle Ages, a `hobby' was a high-spirited, medium-sized breed of horse."
"When China's first emperor, Ch'in Shih Huang Ti, died in 210 B.C., he was buried with eight thousand life-size toy soldiers.Read more ›
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Fun to read for both kids and grown-ups, very inspiring. Brief but thorough.Published 9 days ago by VC
This edition was not the same as indicated but my daughter made it work.Published 5 months ago by Sonya Daniels
My daughter had to read this for school. She enjoyed reading about all the toys.Published 7 months ago by Rmason
Some really interesting information that we had never about.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great non fiction book that I use for close reading with my 4th and 5th graders.Published 10 months ago by Marie Gaddini-Murphy
My daughter is 10 and received this book for Christmas. She loves it! It is her current "go- to" book when her schoolwork and assigned reading is complete.Published 18 months ago by Michelle S