Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Incredible inventions: poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club is “Eureka”, and we are celebrating discovery.  One of the staff recommends a book that documents many “Eureka moments”, Incredible Inventions.  Introduce children to the joys of discovery and poetry, with this collection of 16 poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

These pages are filled with short, catchy and fun poems about some of the world’s most important and useful inventions.  The author highlights inventions as diverse as roller coasters, crayons, sipping straws, Velcro and kitty litter.  Can you imagine a world without brushes, or basketball, or band-aids?  Just a couple of poetry examples:

“I’m King of Cling,
my grip won’t slip
until you choose
to rip the strip. ...”


“Edward Lowe was not a loafer.
Edward Lowe was not a quitter.
He saw a need, he worked with speed
to bring the country Kitty Litter.”

The reader will find a new and unique way of looking at each invention.  In the back of the book the author gives the history of the invention, and the inventors (some of them children),  who invented them.

1 comment:

  1. I AM so honored you chose my book for Summer Reading. Thank you. Happy Poetry-ing to all young readers. www.leebennetthopkins.com