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Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions

by Don L. Wulffson

A fresh, intriguing look at the stories behind great toy inventions."Originally, Play-Doh only came in white. There's a good reason for this. You see, Play-Doh didn't start out as a toy. It started out as a product for cleaning wallpaper."Have you ever...

A fresh, intriguing look at the stories behind great toy inventions.

"Originally, Play-Doh only came in white. There's a good reason for this. You see, Play-Doh didn't start out as a toy. It started out as a product for cleaning wallpaper."

Have you ever wondered who invented Lego, Mr. Potato Head, or toy trains? Here are the fascinating stories behind these toy inventions and many others. Learn why the see-saw was popular with the Romans, how the Slinky was used during the Vietnam War, and the reason Raggedy Ann has a red heart on her chest that says "I love you." From dolls and checkers to pinball and the modern video game, there's a wide selection here for boys and girls alike.

With humor and wit, this intriguing book serves up slices of cultural history that will inspire young readers to start thinking up their own toy inventions.

Hardcover - 144 pages - $19.99
ISBN: 0805061967 (ISBN13: 9780805061963)
Published Jul 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
First published 2000

requested by

Mrs. Cox (2nd Grade Teacher)

at Clear Lake Elementary School, Eugene, OR

Here since Jul 23, 2015

Open requests - 35 Books received - 7

This year marks my 16th year in education. I started my career teaching 5th grade and then served as an elementary school principal. Prior to serving as 2nd grade teacher, I worked with an international non-profit that provides teacher training and then as a 4th and 5th grade teacher. I have loved each part of my journey, but my heart is truly in the classroom. I love coming to school each day to help my students learn and grow!

why I requested this book

Students are so curious at this age and books like this that address their natural curiosities, not only invite them to discover new information, but encourage...

Students are so curious at this age and books like this that address their natural curiosities, not only invite them to discover new information, but encourage them to read in authentic and meaningful ways.

the class

My students are eager to please and hard-workers. Our school serves a large population of high-poverty students, so having reading materials readily available...

My students are eager to please and hard-workers. Our school serves a large population of high-poverty students, so having reading materials readily available at school is particularly important.

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