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Book: I Wonder Why Zippers Have Teeth And Other Questions About Inventions
Author: Barbara Taylor
Publisher: Kingfisher, republished in 2012
ISBN-13: 978-0753468005 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 075346800X (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0753468012 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0753468018 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 5-8 years
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Taylor, Barbara. I Wonder Why Zippers Have Teeth And Other Questions About Inventions (originally published in 1995 by Kingfisher). We checked this book in the I Wonder Why Series out of the library to accompany our older son Mark’s science studies about inventors and inventions when he was in second grade. It is hard for kids to realize that everything they see and use was once a new thing. From computer games to ball point pens, Teddy bears to drinking straws, I Wonder Why Zippers Have Teeth gives kids a the behind-the-scenes view of the people and stories behind many objects they use every day, invented by someone, such as the stereo and the transistor radio.
“What did people use before they had refrigerators?” and “Where do inventors get their ideas?” are some of the other questions answered in this intriguing look at inventions. The question and answer format is great for further discussion and the colorful pictures will keep the pages turning. It will change the way youngsters think about the things they use, and hopefully inspire a few to dream up some new ones! Children will love the little tidbits of trivia that make you say, “Hmm.” Author Barbara Taylor has won numerous awards including the American Association of Physics Science Writing Award and the Geographical Association Gold Award.