Harper, Charise Mericle. 2011. Imaginative Inventions: The who, what, where, when, and why of roller skates, potato chips, marbles, and pie and more! New York: Little Brown.
Cherise Mericle Harper is the author of the very popular Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series, as well as one of my personal favorites, Pink Me Up. In Imaginative Inventions, she turns her talented hand to nonfiction.
In 3-6 paragraph rhymes, she features the history of fourteen inventions, including doughnuts, high-heeled shoes, eyeglasses and animal cookies. The "Piggy Bank" was a particularly interesting invention,
In the Middle Ages
pots were made from pygg.
It was an orange clay
that wasn't hard to dig.
When someone had some money
to save or hide away,
they kept it in their pygg jar
for a future rainy day.
Some potter probably said,
after giving it some thought,
"What if I take my fine pygg clay
and make a pig-shaped pot?"
Well, soon the other pottersHumorous, brightly-colored acrylic paintings accompany each entry, and are a mixture of folk art, caricature and comic styles. The double spread illustrations are framed on three sides by a quilt motif of related illustrations (shoes, doughnuts, etc.) and the fourth side has a border featuring facts - Who, Where, When, and more.
who formed and shaped the clay
were making jars in piggy shapes
just like they do today.
Sources are not included, however, Imaginative Inventions is not intended as a research tool, but more as a source of fun or an introduction to inventions. Many teachers assign projects on inventors. This would be a fun read-aloud to inspire further investigation.
Visit Cherise Mericle's great website!
(I can't wait to see her upcoming book If Waffles Were Like Boys - what a great title!)
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