Best Science, Nature & How It Works Books for 10 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 science, nature & how it works books for 10 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Coolest Cross-Sections Ever!

by: Richard PlattStephen Biesty
Release date: Sep 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 128
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A unique collection of amazing views of the world by Stephen Biesty. Machines, ships, buildings, and the human body as you’ve never seen. This unique collection of extraordinary illustrations by artist Stephen Biesty explores machines, building, ships, and even the human body from the inside out. From the Grand Canyon to the Space Shuttle, Biesty’s amazingly detailed cross-section views take you right inside to reveal how things work or how things are made. See how a 14th-century castle holds up against a siege, and what life would have been like inside a World War II submarine. Learn how 18th-century warships battled on the high seas and what life is like on a space station. Discover how everyday things are made, from false teeth to Formula 1 racing cars and what holds up to the Empire State Building. Author and illustrator team Richard Platt and Stephen Biesty’s first collaboration Incredible Cross-Sections went straight to the top of the best-seller list.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Architecture

2. Sabrina, the Girl with a Hole in Her Heart

by: Wendy LewisDiane Lucas
Release date: Aug 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 34
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Sabrina, a 10 year old girl from a rural village in Zanzibar must decide whether to leave her family and fly to a faraway place for a surgery that could save her life. But who are these doctors? They are not from my country, she thinks, as she tosses and turns in her sleep. This contemporary story is based on the work of Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli-based organization of volunteer doctors, nurses, and others who have saved the lives of over 2,600 children of all faiths from all four corners of the world. Children who are aware of medical issues in their own families or have been hospitalized will relate to Sabrina’s journey. Real pictures of an echocardiogram, a heart-lung machine, and communication boards as well as fun, hands-on science activities will appeal to both boys and girls. Multicultural, humanitarian, and science themes are beautifully woven throughout this story. For teachers and librarians, this book ties into classroom curriculum on the human body/heart.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diseases

3. Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

by: Gene BarrettaGene Barretta
Release date: Jul 17, 2012
Number of Pages: 36
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What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common?

All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison.

Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology.  Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-changing inventions. In this enlightening book, Gene Barretta enters the laboratories of one of America’s most important inventors.

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Children’s Books > History

4. Pull, Lift, and Lower: A Book About Pulleys (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes many different kinds, uses, and benefits of pulleys. Provides examples of pulleys by showing a flagpole, a crane, an elevator and window blinds.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

5. Mythbusters: Confirm or Bust! Science Fair Book #2 (Mythbusters Discovery Channel)

by: Samantha MarglesMichael Massen
Release date: Dec 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 128
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Even MORE myths to bust…in the safety of your own home!

Do you have what it takes to be a MythBuster? Confirmed!

Kid-friendly and age appropriate, this fun follow-up book to the successful MYTHBUSTERS SCIENCE FAIR BOOK is packed with more than 30 brand-new experiments for school and at home. Follow the book’s step-by-step simple instrcutions, and you’ll be able to bust or confirm myths just like Adam and Jamie on the popular MythBusters TV show from the Discovery Channel.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

6. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects (Build It Yourself series)

by: Donna LathamJen VaughnJenn Vaughn
Release date: Jun 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 130
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Exploring the innovation and physical science behind bridges and tunnels, the activities and projects in this book encourage children to learn about the design and construction of these amazing passageways. This fun and educational reference uses hands-on projects to explain complex concepts, such as Newton’s Third Law of Motion, while trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. The activities engage kids in the important skills involved in engineering-including designing, building, and modeling-and teach the value of trial and error as they create several bridge models. Activities include making an egg bungee jump, a soda pop can engine, and a triangular toothpick dome, as well as experiments with liquefaction and corrosion.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Architecture

7. Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures (Nonfiction – Grades 4-8)

by: Rebecca L. JohnsonSylvia A. Earle
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Have you ever wondered what mysteries the ocean holds? Prepare to explore the ocean from sunlit shallows to the deepest, darkest depths. Along the way, you’ll meet many incredible creatures that are brand new to science.

Dive to a coral reef and spot a new species of pygmy octopus. Travel deeper and discover fragile, nearly transparent jellies as they drift past. Then head down into a world of eternal night. You’ll encounter animals that make their own light and zombie worms that feast on the bones of dead whales.

Your adventure is based on the real journeys of scientists involved in the Census of Marine Life. From 2000 to 2010, more than two thousand researchers from eighty-two countries carried out the most extensive investigation of ocean life ever attempted.

Author Rebecca L. Johnson takes readers to research sites around the globe, showing how ocean scientists do their work. Stunning photographs throughout bring readers face-to-face with some of the most mesmerizing creatures on Earth.

“When you pick up an animal and realize that what you are looking at is something no one else has ever seen-a species that as yet has no name-it’s humbling and also quite thrilling.”

-Joel Martin, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California

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Children’s Books > Animals > Fish

8. Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden Worlds: Pictures of Hidden Worlds

by: Seymour Simon
Release date: Mar 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 48
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Here, in thirty-six amazing images, you can see the unseeable-the delicate splash from a falling drop of water, a gigantic nebula in distant space, and many other natural wonders. The astonishing photographs and fascinating explanations take readers on a fantastic voyage that is truly out of sight.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

9. Cut, Chop, and Stop: A Book About Wedges (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides examples to show how wedges are simple machines that make pulling apart, stopping, and moving easier. Includes an activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

10. Tires, Spokes, and Sprockets: A Book About Wheels and Axles (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes many different kinds, uses, and benefits of wheels and axles. Includes information on gears, sprockets, and cranks.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

11. Twist, Dig, and Drill: A Book About Screws (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides examples showing how screws are simple machines that make joining things together and moving, easier.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

12. Birds: Nature’s Magnificent Flying Machines

by: Caroline ArnoldPatricia J. Wynne
Release date: Jul 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Hovering, gliding, diving — how do birds do it? BIRDS: NATURE’S MAGNIFICENT FLYING MACHINES looks at how feathers, body structure, and wings vary from bird to bird. Readers will learn the mechanics of bird flight from takeoff to landing and discover how wing types meet the survival needs of each species. Popular science writer Caroline Arnold infuses this informative look at avian flight with her love of birds. Patricia J. Wynne’s exquisitely detailed illustrations show these amazing creatures in action.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

13. The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery (Nonfiction – Grades 4-8)

by: Sandra Markle
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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Panamanian golden frogs aren’t just cute, little, and yellow. They’re also the national symbol of Panama. But they started to disappear about fifteen years ago. What’s killing them? Could it be a change in their habitat? What about pollution? Might it be a result of climate change? Follow a team of scientists working to save these frogs and protect frog populations worldwide in this real-life science mystery.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Reptiles & Amphibians

14. Roll, Slope, and Slide: A Book About Ramps (Amazing Science: Simple Machines)

by: Michael DahlDenise Shea
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes the different kinds, uses, and benefits of inclined planes and ramps. Includes an activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Heavy Machinery

15. Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time (Build It Yourself)

by: Linda FormichelliMaxine AndersonSamuel Carbaugh
Release date: Nov 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 128
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Timekeeping: Explore the History and Science of Telling Time travels through the past and into the future to explore how humans have measured the passage of time. From ancient civilization’s earliest calendars and shadow clocks to GPS and the atomic clocks of today, kids will track the evolution of timekeeping devices, meet the inventors of calendars and clocks, and learn interesting facts and trivia. Hands-on projects and activities include making a shadow clock, using a protractor to create a sundial, measuring time using water, and creating your own calendar. Kids will understand how civilization’s vague abilities to track days and months has transformed over the centuries into a sophisticated ability to keep time to the millionth of a second.
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Children’s Books > History > Exploration & Discovery

16. Eat Your Science Homework

by: Ann McCallumLeeza Hernandez
Release date: Aug 05, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Hungry readers discover delicious and distinct recipes in this witty companion to Eat Your Math Homework. A main text explains upper-elementary science concepts, including subatomic particles, acids and bases, black holes, and more. Alongside simple recipes, side-bars encourage readers to also experiment and explore outside of the kitchen. A review, glossary, and index make the entire book easy to digest.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

17. The Biography of Spices (How Did That Get Here?)

by: Ellen Rodger
Release date: Jan 30, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Book by Rodger, Ellen
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Astronomy & Space

18. Visual Timeline of Inventions

by: Richard Platt
Release date: Aug 27, 2001
Number of Pages: 64
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This original timeline treats each subject as a visual thread and makes any history lesson memorable. Children can’t resist following along to find out what happens. Visual Timelines: Inventions is an invaluable resource that provides unbeatable material for any student.
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Children’s Books > History

19. Fluffy, Flat, and Wet: A Book About Clouds (Amazing Science: Exploring the Sky)

by: Dana Meachen RauDenise Shea
Release date: Sep 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 24
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Describes how clouds form, and explains the differences between cirrus, stratus, cumulus, and nimbus clouds. Includes activity.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

20. Amazing Stadiums (Superstructures)

by: Ian Graham
Release date: Jul 20, 2010
Number of Pages: 32
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Superstructures focuses on amazing structures such as bridges, skyscrapers, tunnels and stadiums, describing how these incredible engineering marvels were designed and built. Each title in Superstructures is packed with WOW! facts and information and contains stunning full-colour photographs and technical drawings in an attractive magazine-style layout.
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Arts & Photography > Architecture > Buildings

21. Amazing Pet Tricks (ASPCA Kids)

by: Kate EldredgeJacque Lynn SchultzCarmen BuitragoKristen Collins
Release date: Mar 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 101
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40 cool tricks you can teach your pet!

Ever wonder how you can train your dog and other pets to perform amazing tricks like the ones you see on TV? Now you too can impress family and friends with 40 cool tricks that are a cinch to master with your four-legged companions. You’ll learn how to teach the basics that every good dog should know: sit, down, come, and stay. Then you’ll move onto the classics, like shake and roll over. And if you really want to captivate your audience, you can learn more advanced tricks, like working with props and taking your show on the road to perform at schools, nursing homes, and other pet-friendly venues.

Loaded with lots of color photos and friendly information you can trust, the ASPCA Kids books were written by animal lovers for animal lovers–just like you.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Pets

22. CANALS AND DAMS: INVESTIGATE FEATS OF ENGINEERING WITH 25 PROJECTS (Build It Yourself)

by: Donna LathamAndrew Christensen
Release date: Apr 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 128
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Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind the amazing waterways and barriers our world depends on. Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements from ancient aqueducts to the Suez Canal and the Hoover Dam. Readers will discover that engineers and builders alike put their lives on the line to advance civilization, experiencing triumphs and tragedies in building big. Through dazzling success and heartbreaking failure, they developed increasingly sophisticated tools and building methods.

Activities and projects encourage children to explore the engineering process and to try, try again through trial and error. They’ll engage in hands-on explorations of buoyancy, Newton’s third law of motion, and forces that push and pull structures. They’ll create a paper-cup zip line, build an arch, and simulate a tsunami, while experimenting with gravity, hydroponics, and velocity. In Canals and Dams: Investigate Feats of Engineering, children will gain an appreciation for the important field of engineering as they develop their own building skills.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Experiments & Projects

23. CITIES: Discover How They Work with 25 Projects (Build It Yourself)

by: Kathleen M. ReillyTom Casteel
Release date: Apr 15, 2014
Number of Pages: 128
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To a child, a city is a chaotic, vibrant community whose workings can seem quite mysterious. How did people create subways? How does the water get to the very top of a skyscraper? Is there any organization to a bustling metropolis? Cities: Discover How They Work gives kids a view into the inner functioning of urban areas. They’ll learn about all the parts that come together to make cities work and how they’ve grown and changed since the very first riverside settlements.

Fascinating sidebars, unique illustrations, Words to Know, and fun Did You Know facts combine with age-appropriate hands-on activities to make learning about complex urban environments fun and reinforce learning. Projects include creating subway cut-aways to understand how transportation systems work, building an aqueduct to learn how cities get water, and experimenting with skyscraper design and water filtration. This STEAM title, which integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math includes a glossary, list of resources, and index.

Cities meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Math

24. Charting the World: Geography and Maps from Cave Paintings to GPS with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

by: Richard Panchyk
Release date: Aug 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 144
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As soon as early humans began to scratch images on cave walls, they began to create maps. And while these first drawings were used to find hunting grounds or avoid danger, they later developed into far more complex navigational tools. Charting the World tells the fascinating history of maps and mapmaking, navigators and explorers, and the ways that technology has enhanced our ability to understand the world around us. Richly illustrated with full-color maps and diagrams, it gives children an in-depth appreciation of geographical concepts and principles and shows them how to unlock the wealth of information maps contain. It also features 21 hands-on activities for readers to put their new skills to the test.

            Children will: build a three-dimensional island model using a contour map, engrave a simple map on an aluminum “printing plate,” determine the elevation of hills in their neighborhood, draw a treasure map and have a friend search for the hidden stash, create a nautical chart of a small puddle, survey their backyard or local park, navigate a course using a compass, and much more.

            Now more than ever, the study of geography is crucial to understanding our ever-changing planet, from political change and warfare to environmental conservation and population growth.

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Children’s Books > History

25. Geothermal Power (Energy at Work)

by: Josepha Sherman
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Introduces the history, uses, production, advantages and disadvantages, and future of geothermal energy as a power resource.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

26. Explore Electricity!: With 25 Great Projects (Explore Your World series)

by: Carmella Van VleetBryan Stone
Release date: Aug 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 96
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Serving as an introduction to electricity, this activity book explains the workings of batteries, simple circuits, conductors and insulators, motors and generators, electricity and magnetism, and the steps being taken toward more Earth-friendly electricity. Twenty-five simple projects-which include making a clothespin switch, lemon battery, compass, electromagnet, flashlight, and generating their own “lightning”-will reinforce the lessons through fun and experience, and young readers will advance their understanding of electricity further with the fun bits of trivia, sidebars, and jokes found throughout the book. Combining smart content presented in digestible chapters with engaging illustrations that flesh out explanations, the book is equal parts education and entertainment.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Electricity & Electronics

27. The Four Seasons: Uncovering Nature

by: Annie Jones
Release date: May 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 52
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Why do seasons happen? Where do animals go in winter? How do plants reproduce?

From changes in the plant world through the year, to penguins preparing a nest, and puma kittens learning to hunt, plants and animals from every corner of the world are used to illustrate the many processes that govern natural life. These include metamorphosis, hibernation, migration, pollination, plus the many environments in which they occur, such as savanna, swamp, jungle, and deciduous woodland.

The four acetate overlays feature:

  • Winter to Spring: the Himalayan Mountains change
  • Spring to Summer: a South American pampas over time
  • Summer to Fall: deciduous woodlands turn with the season
  • Fall to Winter: a conifer forest prepares for the cold.

The Uncovering series: Exposing science and technology in stunning color and detail.

Jam-packed with exacting full-color illustrations, these titles focus on topics of particular interest to young readers. Informative text and descriptive captions and sidebars complement dozens of annotated drawings. Each book contains four acetate overlays, used in some cases to show changes over time, in others to show a cutaway interior.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Earth Sciences

28. From Maple Trees to Maple Syrup (From Farm to Table)

by: Kristin Thoennes Keller
Release date: Jul 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of maple syrup made from sap gathered from the maple trees.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diet & Nutrition

29. From Wheat to Bread (From Farm to Table)

by: Kristin Thoennes Keller
Release date: Jul 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Provides an introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of bread from wheat.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Diet & Nutrition

30. Kingfisher Knowledge: Inventions

by: James Robinson
Release date: May 12, 2009
Number of Pages: 64
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Inventions examines the ideas, machines, and innovations that have shaped the modern age, from the cell-phone revolution to the incredible growth of the information superhighway, the use of robotics in medicine and heavy industry, the propulsion technology that will one day take human beings to Mars, and much more. It’s an engaging look at the ongoing development of human evolution and creativity.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > How Things Work

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