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 Mimic makers : biomimicry inventors inspired by nature
 Author: Nordstrom, Kristen

 Publisher:  Charlesbridge (2021)

 Dewey: 610.28
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 44 p., col. ill., 22 x 29 cm

 BTSB No: 679872 ISBN: 9781580899475
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Technological innovations
 Nature -- Miscellanea

Price: $22.58

In biomimicry, scientists imitate traits found in nature. An engineer shapes the nose of his bullet train like a kingfisher's beak. A scientist models her solar cell on the mighty leaf. Discover how ten inventors were inspired by animals and plants to create cutting-edge technology.

 Illustrator: Boston, Paul
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 514455

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   Booklist (00/07/21)

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School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 K-Gr 3—This work invites readers to imagine how nature inspires innovative thinkers to create real-world solutions. Each mimic maker is introduced through illustrations that follow the development of a biomimicry project from nature to invention; short explanatory paragraphs are tucked into the artwork to support and expand the visual narrative. The renderings do a lot of the storytelling, giving young readers the opportunity to explore and ask questions based on what they see. Boston's illustrations are intricate and accessible, drawing readers in for a closer look at the action. Nordstrom's text doesn't overwhelm the page; rather, it serves as a guidance component for questions young readers may have about the research or technology presented. This is a good book to open up and let young readers take the lead by reading the illustrations first. Adults reading along can build on initial visual readings with the provided text, generating discussions about science, nature, and technology. Mimic Makers also offers an opportunity to "meet" the makers: short biographies with photographs in the back matter identify the real-life mimic makers presented in the book. There are also suggestions for kids on how they can be mimic makers, as well as a series of resources and a bibliography for further study. VERDICT Purchase this fascinating informational text for science collections and classroom use.—Jessica Schriver, Rutgers Univ., Newark, NJ - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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