February 23, 2018

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Seriously STEM | Spectacular Visual Guides for the Classroom and Library

Stunning photography, 3-D illustrations, and learner-friendly formatting distinguish a crop of new and updated science compendiums.

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel by Betsy Harvey Kraft | SLJ Review

Kraft, Betsy Harvey. The Fantastic Ferris Wheel: The Story of Inventor George Ferris. illus. by Steven Salerno. 42p. bibliog. Holt/Christy Ottaviano Bks. Oct. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627790727. LC 2014044914.

Gr 1-3–The planners of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair were looking for a spectacular, extraordinary, and never-before-seen attraction that would draw in huge crowds. The idea they eventually accepted was George Ferris’s huge observation wheel—what we now call the Ferris wheel. An amazing and awe-inspiring crowd-pleaser, the wheel was 264 feet […]

Pick of the Day: The Light Bulb Conspiracy (DVD)

The Light Bulb Conspiracy. DVD. 75 min./52 min. Video Project. 2011, 2012 release. ISBN unavail. $89.
Gr 9 Up–Using historical photographs, film footage, and interviews with people in Europe, the United States, and Ghana, the female narrator takes viewers from the beginning of mass production in the 1920s with Henry Ford’s Model-T to General Motors’ annual car models to Bernard London’s proposal during the New Deal era for compulsory planned obsolescence that he believed would keep people working and create a […]

Consider the Source: Convergence

Marc Aronson discusses a set of books that looks at the same moment in history from three different angles. Taken together, the three titles offer a more comprehensive picture of a time of invention and discovery than we’d typically get from an individual book: one title focuses on a remarkable genius; another on a breakthrough invention; and the third title, which explores a transforming theory, is really best seen as a moment in which circumstance, individuals, and technology converge to make change possible.