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Publisher's Note:

From world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin -- a book of personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar. Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts? In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions, the steps various people took to create and improve upon ideas as they evolved, and the ways in which young inventors can continue to think about and understand what it means to tinker, to fiddle, and to innovate. And laced throughout it all, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing. More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for…

Overall Book Review:

Temple Grandin wrote this book to curious children with a desire to become inventors. This book covers areas of flight, optical illusions, things made of wood, things made of paper, pulleys and levers, etc. There are a series of projects for each area interspersed with simple biographies of inventors and their inventions. She also reflects on her life experiences and the road she traveled in becoming an inventor herself. There are pictures of famous patents and projects, as well as Temple’s blueprints, patents, and pictures from her life. This is an upbeat book with an encouraging tone for future inventors.

While at times it is a bit choppy and some of the projects are perhaps a bit outdated, the details she put into the inventors is just the right amount. The science is explained clearly with the audience level in mind. The biggest message she gets across is that inventing take trial and error, creativity, persistence, and hard work.

Review of an Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Philomel


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Reference to throwing water bomb at sister; reference to scientists in Europe who were killed trying to replicate an electric experiment.

Sex/Nudity: None

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

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About the Reviewer

My favorite books are ones that change me and my perceptions of the world in a significant way. My favorite genre is probably historical fiction with biographies as a close second.