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Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions
Contributor(s): Wulffson, Don (Author), Keller, Laurie (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1250034094     ISBN-13: 9781250034090
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 2014
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Toys, Dolls & Puppets
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology - Inventions
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - General (see Also Headings Under Animals Or Technology)
Dewey: 688.720
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 920
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 5.1" W x 7.6" (0.30 lbs) 208 pages
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 40671
Reading Level: 6.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
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Publisher Description:

A fresh, intriguing look at the stories behind great toy inventions, by Don Wulffson and illustrated by Laurie Keller.

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? In Toys 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.

Contributor Bio(s): Wulffson, Don: -

Don Wulffson is the author of many books for young readers, including Toys! and The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Other Strange Inventions. A teacher of English and creative writing, Mr. Wulffson is the recipient of the Leather Medal Award for Poetry. He lives with his family in Northridge, California.

Keller, Laurie: - Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children's book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.
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