Friday, August 30, 2013

Back to School with DK Canada Part 7–Ideas That Changed The World

back-to-school-boutique-button-185x1To celebrate the Back to School event in our lives, DK Canada is having a special limited time offer (30% off) on selected titles in their Back to School Boutique.  Consequently, to celebrate the Back to School time of the year, I will present you some of the titles found in the DK Canada Boutique in the week to come. 

This morning, I want to present you a book that is definitively out of the ordinary when you thing about history and science together– the Ideas That Changed The World - Incredible Inventions and the Stories Behind Them

About the book 9781465414236H

From bicycles to umbrellas, the Walkman to bar codes, innovative ideas can mold the world in unexpected, fantastical ways. Ideas that Changed The World takes some of the most important ideas in history and displays them using stunning photography and detailed information. This VOYA Nonfiction Honor List and IRA Young Adult Choice 2011 winner brings the stories of great ideas to life in their historical context, sharing how they were inspired and then implemented. Readers will be in awe as they learn about satellites, antibiotics, microscopes, film animation, surfboards, submarines, TV, and more. Ideas That Changed the World takes the stories of the most insightful advancements in history and shows how these innovations affect us all.

My Thoughts

As soon as I saw this new title in the DK Canada Fall catalogue, I knew that it will be of interest for some people in my family.   Believe it or not, as I was readying myself to write this review, I couldn’t put my hand on it.  Where did it disappeared?   I couldn’t figure it out.  I was sure I had left it in the living room… so where was it now?   Obviously I couldn’t write the review that day but when I went to see my oldest son to say good night that evening I found the book on the floor next to his bed.   He had took it in order to read it.  I was really glad to see that the book has caught his interest.    The next morning, as I came downstairs to eat breakfast, I caught him sitting on the sofa reading the book.    That’s how good the book is because he can’t stop himself reading it…

What is the book about?   Well, essentially the book will present you all the inventions that literally changed our world.   

The book is divided into six sections:

  • Genius: This section presents inventions that has been made and helped us in various ways.  You will read about the light bulb, penicillin, x-ray, tin can, telegraph and many other inventions.
  • Great Gizmos: How can things make our life easier?   Well explore this section in order to learn more about things we could not live without nowadays – like elevators, refrigerator, flushing toilets, batteries and more.
  • Handy Gadgets: Gadgets are always fun to have.  But where do they come from?   Microwave, digital camera, credit card, bar code, post-its, zipper are only a few of the ideas presented in this section.
  • On the Move: In this section you will read about things that take us to places like submarine, helicopter, bicycle, and more.   
  • Explore: Throughout history, people love to explore new places like the oceans and space.  This section will present you ideas that allowed us to do so like the spacesuit, the submersible, and more.
  • Culture: Finally, our life is marked with products that we could not live without in our culture.  What are they you wonder?   Well here’s some ideas you will find in this section: umbrella, skateboard, jeans, sunglasses, Lego bricks, and sport shoes.

As you can see you can learn quite a bit from the pages of this book.  Also included in the book, you will be able to visualize how the ideas were developed by looking at pictures and photos as well as illustrations that will explain how a product works.  At the end of the book you will get a timeline of inventions as well as a glossary which will provide definitions of certain words found in the book.

Whether you like old inventions or are intrigued by the new ideas that are being explore today, this book will definitively expand your personal knowledge on how things and ideas have changed the world through the years.   It’s a great book to encourage a reluctant reader interested in discovering how something came to be.   It’s also a great gift idea for a young person in your life for birthday or Christmas.   I personally believe that it is important to give books to my kids at Christmas in order to encourage them to expand their reading as well as knowledge.  This book fits in the category of Christmas idea.

If you want to find these titles and many more that could be interesting to supplement school works/studies as well as inform your kids on specific themes, I would suggest that you check out the Back to School Boutique at DK Canada.  Don’t forget that they offer 30% off on titles listed in this specific promotion. Click on the image below to discover the various titles found in the Back To School Boutique at DK Canada!


The title presented in this review are available for purchase at your favourite bookstore, even and


Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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