{"id":6538213982287,"title":"Mimic Makers","handle":"mimic-makers","description":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: large;\" size=\"4\"\u003eMimic Makers\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: medium;\" size=\"3\"\u003eBiomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/kristen-nordstrom\"\u003eKristen Nordstrom\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/paul-boston\"\u003ePaul Boston\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eEureka!\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA kingfisher dives silently into the water. A beetle stands on its head to collect condensation on its shell. A gecko walks up a wall. And somebody watching has an idea.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMeet ten real-life scientists, engineers, and designers who imitate plants and animals to create amazing new technology. An engineer shapes the nose of his train like a kingfisher's beak. An inventor creates a bottle that collects morning dew for clean drinking water. A product designer develops a gecko-inspired adhesive. Discover how we copy nature's good ideas to solve real-world problems!\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"I love that this book starts with questions! Wondering and joyful experimentation is exactly what this science teacher wants kids to be doing. Mimic Makers reveals marvels of engineering inspired by nature with images that invite careful observation and explanations that are expressive, but never over simplified. Each scientist's story is testimony to the power of noticing patterns, structures and function, and how systems work in order to arrive at Eureka! to solve real world problems. Students can see themselves as the scientists immersed in nature, testing, analyzing, and testing some more. Students will read this over and over and start asking their own questions. This story is STEM2 as Nordstrom shows us how scientists work and what scientists can create just because they wondered.\"\u003cbr\u003e —\u003ci\u003eKim Parfitt, AP Biology and Environmental Science teacher, curriculum developer for Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching.\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Mimic Makers presents complex science and engineering topics in accessible and entertaining ways. Young readers will be captivated by the contemporary inventors and inventions featured, and inspired to incorporate biomimicry into their own designs. The vibrant illustrations strike a balance between smooth, vibrant spreads and informative, technical spot art. A must-buy for classroom libraries and makerspaces.\"\u003cbr\u003e —\u003ci\u003eMiranda Paul, award-winning author of dozens of picture books including:\u003c\/i\u003e One Plastic Bag\u003ci\u003e and\u003c\/i\u003e Water is Water\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Mimic Makers demonstrates how paying attention to details opens both understanding and innovation. This book inspires readers to look closer and ask how things work. Understanding the relationships between form and function is a catalyst to creative thinking and design. The illustrations are playful, the text engaging, the scholarship rigorous, and the message critical.\"\u003cbr\u003e —\u003ci\u003eJohn Muir Laws, Wildlife Biologist\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"enter-URL-here\"\u003eEnter title here\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/mimic-makers-spread.jpg?v=1614713373\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614713375\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/mimic-makers-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1614713383\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/docs.google.com\/presentation\/d\/1ztAr4PA8-2Tppu1kBO1jucRlmPSw686Pxk-2R_mV4HA\/edit#slide=id.gee67f6200a_0_0\" class=\"product-btn\" target=\"new\"\u003eDownload Biomimicry Worksheets\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKristen Nordstrom, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eKristen Nordstrom is a full-time teacher at a STEAM Academy teaching biomimicry and other science topics. This Title I public elementary school was started by a group of dedicated teachers and one amazing principal to bring the power of hands-on science to second language learners and socio-economically challenged students. Kristen is a member of NSTA and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eMimic Makers \u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003eis her first book.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/kristen-nordstrom\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Kristen.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaul Boston, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePaul Boston is the author and illustrator of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eMap Your Way\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eFind Your Way Under the Sea\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, and several other children's books. He starts all his artwork with his trusty ballpoint pen and brings the drawings to bright, bold, busy life on his computer. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/paul-boston\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Paul.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen problems arise in science or technology, nature often provides the solutions.\u003cbr\u003e Nordstrom offers eight case studies as evidence. Among them are the observations of diving kingfishers that led Nakatsu Eiji to redesign the noses of the Japanese Shinkansen bullet trains for better aerodynamics, of serrated humpback whale fins that inspired Frank Fish to develop quieter wind turbine blades, and of tree leaves that led Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo to flexible, more-efficient solar cells. Other insights are derived from sources as diverse as Namibian beetles, shark skin, and gecko feet. Invention\/inspirations are presented in four-page subsections, the invention presented in the first double-page spread, with its backstory explained economically but clearly in the second. The real inventors and fictional invention users populating Boston’s stylized, cleanly drawn illustrations, including one figure who uses a wheelchair, are likewise diverse in age, race, and gender presentation. The author brings her debut to a strong finish with an overview of the study of biomimicry and helpful suggestions for activities and further reading. Of particular note is the section that introduces each inventor (all of whom Nordstrom interviewed) with a photograph; when appropriate, the inventor’s surname is placed before their given name, along with a parenthetical explanation. A salutary reminder to young naturalists and would-be Edisons that not all wheels need to be reinvented.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eParents\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou and the kids will soak up mind-blowing examples of how animals and plants inspire innovations in this book about biomimicry—when inventors take strategies found in nature and adapt them into technology. One cool case: A scientist came up with a way to prevent algae from growing on submarines by studying the skin of sharks. Short text blocks and bright illustrations make this topic approachable for the pre-K set.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis work invites readers to imagine how nature inspires innovative thinkers to create real-world solutions. Each mimic maker is introduced through illustrations that follow the development of a biomimicry project from nature to invention; short explanatory paragraphs are tucked into the artwork to support and expand the visual narrative. The renderings do a lot of the storytelling, giving young readers the opportunity to explore and ask questions based on what they see. Boston’s illustrations are intricate and accessible, drawing readers in for a closer look at the action. Nordstrom’s text doesn’t overwhelm the page; rather, it serves as a guidance component for questions young readers may have about the research or technology presented. This is a good book to open up and let young readers take the lead by reading the illustrations first. Adults reading along can build on initial visual readings with the provided text, generating discussions about science, nature, and technology. Mimic Makers also offers an opportunity to “meet” the makers: short biographies with photographs in the back matter identify the real-life mimic makers presented in the book. There are also suggestions for kids on how they can be mimic makers, as well as a series of resources and a bibliography for further study. VERDICT Purchase this fascinating informational text for science collections and classroom use.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eBooklist\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis handsome book presents eight inventions inspired by nature. After watching a kingfisher dive into water, Eiji Nakatsu redesigned the nose of Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train to resemble the bird’s beak and created a significantly quieter, faster, more energy-efficient engine. Microbiologists Rusty Rodriguez and Regina Redman discovered a fungus that, when used in a treatment for seeds, allows food crops to survive despite harsh conditions. For example, a rice plant can grow in “hot, dry, salty soil.” Fascinated by flight as a boy in Nigeria, Kingsley Fregene later became a research scientist at Lockheed Martin, where he and his team invented a one-winged drone inspired by twirling maple seeds. Nordstrom, who interviewed each of the inventors introduced here, offers eight examples of biomimicry and explains each one in a few paragraphs presented on two fully illustrated, double-page spreads. In the attractive artwork, trees on the hills are represented by colorful, overlapping triangles and diamond-shaped forms. The illustrations help to clarify the link between an invention’s inspiration and its final form. An intriguing introduction to biomimicry. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: \u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e978-1-58089-947-5\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: \u003cspan data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e978-1-63289-817-3\u003c\/span\u003e EPUB\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 7–10\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 48\u003cbr\u003e11 x 8\u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2021-04-06T16:29:44-04:00","created_at":"2021-03-04T16:34:50-05:00","vendor":"Charlesbridge","type":"Children's Book","tags":["Browse by Age_Ages 6-10","Browse by Fiction\/Nonfiction_Nonfiction","Browse by Language_English","Browse by Subject_Animals \u0026 Dinosaurs","Browse by Subject_Science \u0026 Nature"],"price":1799,"price_min":1799,"price_max":1799,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":39255925522511,"title":"Hardcover","option1":"Hardcover","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"99475","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":{"id":27944636219471,"product_id":6538213982287,"position":1,"created_at":"2021-03-04T16:35:30-05:00","updated_at":"2021-03-04T16:35:30-05:00","alt":null,"width":600,"height":464,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614893730","variant_ids":[39255925522511]},"available":true,"name":"Mimic Makers - Hardcover","public_title":"Hardcover","options":["Hardcover"],"price":1799,"weight":369,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":null,"featured_media":{"alt":null,"id":20318753882191,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":1.293,"height":464,"width":600,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614893730"}},"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614893730"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614893730","options":["Title"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":20318753882191,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":1.293,"height":464,"width":600,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614893730"},"aspect_ratio":1.293,"height":464,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614893730","width":600}],"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_groups":[],"content":"\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: large;\" size=\"4\"\u003eMimic Makers\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: medium;\" size=\"3\"\u003eBiomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/kristen-nordstrom\"\u003eKristen Nordstrom\u003c\/a\u003e \/ Illustrated by: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/paul-boston\"\u003ePaul Boston\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eEureka!\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA kingfisher dives silently into the water. A beetle stands on its head to collect condensation on its shell. A gecko walks up a wall. And somebody watching has an idea.\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMeet ten real-life scientists, engineers, and designers who imitate plants and animals to create amazing new technology. An engineer shapes the nose of his train like a kingfisher's beak. An inventor creates a bottle that collects morning dew for clean drinking water. A product designer develops a gecko-inspired adhesive. Discover how we copy nature's good ideas to solve real-world problems!\u003cspan class=\"Apple-converted-space\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"I love that this book starts with questions! Wondering and joyful experimentation is exactly what this science teacher wants kids to be doing. Mimic Makers reveals marvels of engineering inspired by nature with images that invite careful observation and explanations that are expressive, but never over simplified. Each scientist's story is testimony to the power of noticing patterns, structures and function, and how systems work in order to arrive at Eureka! to solve real world problems. Students can see themselves as the scientists immersed in nature, testing, analyzing, and testing some more. Students will read this over and over and start asking their own questions. This story is STEM2 as Nordstrom shows us how scientists work and what scientists can create just because they wondered.\"\u003cbr\u003e —\u003ci\u003eKim Parfitt, AP Biology and Environmental Science teacher, curriculum developer for Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching.\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Mimic Makers presents complex science and engineering topics in accessible and entertaining ways. Young readers will be captivated by the contemporary inventors and inventions featured, and inspired to incorporate biomimicry into their own designs. The vibrant illustrations strike a balance between smooth, vibrant spreads and informative, technical spot art. A must-buy for classroom libraries and makerspaces.\"\u003cbr\u003e —\u003ci\u003eMiranda Paul, award-winning author of dozens of picture books including:\u003c\/i\u003e One Plastic Bag\u003ci\u003e and\u003c\/i\u003e Water is Water\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Mimic Makers demonstrates how paying attention to details opens both understanding and innovation. This book inspires readers to look closer and ask how things work. Understanding the relationships between form and function is a catalyst to creative thinking and design. The illustrations are playful, the text engaging, the scholarship rigorous, and the message critical.\"\u003cbr\u003e —\u003ci\u003eJohn Muir Laws, Wildlife Biologist\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these: \u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"enter-URL-here\"\u003eEnter title here\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/mimic-makers-spread.jpg?v=1614713373\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"medium-cover\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/mimic-makers-cover.jpg?v=1614713375\"\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/mimic-makers-cover-hires.jpg.zip?v=1614713383\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/docs.google.com\/presentation\/d\/1ztAr4PA8-2Tppu1kBO1jucRlmPSw686Pxk-2R_mV4HA\/edit#slide=id.gee67f6200a_0_0\" class=\"product-btn\" target=\"new\"\u003eDownload Biomimicry Worksheets\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKristen Nordstrom, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eKristen Nordstrom is a full-time teacher at a STEAM Academy teaching biomimicry and other science topics. This Title I public elementary school was started by a group of dedicated teachers and one amazing principal to bring the power of hands-on science to second language learners and socio-economically challenged students. Kristen is a member of NSTA and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eMimic Makers \u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003eis her first book.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/kristen-nordstrom\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Kristen.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaul Boston, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"UTF-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePaul Boston is the author and illustrator of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eMap Your Way\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eFind Your Way Under the Sea\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, and several other children's books. 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Among them are the observations of diving kingfishers that led Nakatsu Eiji to redesign the noses of the Japanese Shinkansen bullet trains for better aerodynamics, of serrated humpback whale fins that inspired Frank Fish to develop quieter wind turbine blades, and of tree leaves that led Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo to flexible, more-efficient solar cells. Other insights are derived from sources as diverse as Namibian beetles, shark skin, and gecko feet. Invention\/inspirations are presented in four-page subsections, the invention presented in the first double-page spread, with its backstory explained economically but clearly in the second. The real inventors and fictional invention users populating Boston’s stylized, cleanly drawn illustrations, including one figure who uses a wheelchair, are likewise diverse in age, race, and gender presentation. The author brings her debut to a strong finish with an overview of the study of biomimicry and helpful suggestions for activities and further reading. Of particular note is the section that introduces each inventor (all of whom Nordstrom interviewed) with a photograph; when appropriate, the inventor’s surname is placed before their given name, along with a parenthetical explanation. A salutary reminder to young naturalists and would-be Edisons that not all wheels need to be reinvented.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eParents\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou and the kids will soak up mind-blowing examples of how animals and plants inspire innovations in this book about biomimicry—when inventors take strategies found in nature and adapt them into technology. One cool case: A scientist came up with a way to prevent algae from growing on submarines by studying the skin of sharks. 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Nordstrom’s text doesn’t overwhelm the page; rather, it serves as a guidance component for questions young readers may have about the research or technology presented. This is a good book to open up and let young readers take the lead by reading the illustrations first. Adults reading along can build on initial visual readings with the provided text, generating discussions about science, nature, and technology. Mimic Makers also offers an opportunity to “meet” the makers: short biographies with photographs in the back matter identify the real-life mimic makers presented in the book. There are also suggestions for kids on how they can be mimic makers, as well as a series of resources and a bibliography for further study. 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Nordstrom, who interviewed each of the inventors introduced here, offers eight examples of biomimicry and explains each one in a few paragraphs presented on two fully illustrated, double-page spreads. In the attractive artwork, trees on the hills are represented by colorful, overlapping triangles and diamond-shaped forms. The illustrations help to clarify the link between an invention’s inspiration and its final form. 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Mimic Makers

Mimic Makers
Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature

By: Kristen Nordstrom / Illustrated by: Paul Boston

Eureka!

A kingfisher dives silently into the water. A beetle stands on its head to collect condensation on its shell. A gecko walks up a wall. And somebody watching has an idea. 

Meet ten real-life scientists, engineers, and designers who imitate plants and animals to create amazing new technology. An engineer shapes the nose of his train like a kingfisher's beak. An inventor creates a bottle that collects morning dew for clean drinking water. A product designer develops a gecko-inspired adhesive. Discover how we copy nature's good ideas to solve real-world problems! 

"I love that this book starts with questions! Wondering and joyful experimentation is exactly what this science teacher wants kids to be doing. Mimic Makers reveals marvels of engineering inspired by nature with images that invite careful observation and explanations that are expressive, but never over simplified. Each scientist's story is testimony to the power of noticing patterns, structures and function, and how systems work in order to arrive at Eureka! to solve real world problems. Students can see themselves as the scientists immersed in nature, testing, analyzing, and testing some more. Students will read this over and over and start asking their own questions. This story is STEM2 as Nordstrom shows us how scientists work and what scientists can create just because they wondered."
Kim Parfitt, AP Biology and Environmental Science teacher, curriculum developer for Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching.

"Mimic Makers presents complex science and engineering topics in accessible and entertaining ways. Young readers will be captivated by the contemporary inventors and inventions featured, and inspired to incorporate biomimicry into their own designs. The vibrant illustrations strike a balance between smooth, vibrant spreads and informative, technical spot art. A must-buy for classroom libraries and makerspaces."
Miranda Paul, award-winning author of dozens of picture books including: One Plastic Bag and Water is Water

"Mimic Makers demonstrates how paying attention to details opens both understanding and innovation. This book inspires readers to look closer and ask how things work. Understanding the relationships between form and function is a catalyst to creative thinking and design. The illustrations are playful, the text engaging, the scholarship rigorous, and the message critical."
John Muir Laws, Wildlife Biologist

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Kristen Nordstrom, author

Kristen Nordstrom is a full-time teacher at a STEAM Academy teaching biomimicry and other science topics. This Title I public elementary school was started by a group of dedicated teachers and one amazing principal to bring the power of hands-on science to second language learners and socio-economically challenged students. Kristen is a member of NSTA and Mimic Makers is her first book.

Read more about Kristen.


Paul Boston, illustrator

Paul Boston is the author and illustrator of Map Your Way, Find Your Way Under the Sea, and several other children's books. He starts all his artwork with his trusty ballpoint pen and brings the drawings to bright, bold, busy life on his computer.

Read more about Paul.

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Kirkus Reviews

When problems arise in science or technology, nature often provides the solutions.
Nordstrom offers eight case studies as evidence. Among them are the observations of diving kingfishers that led Nakatsu Eiji to redesign the noses of the Japanese Shinkansen bullet trains for better aerodynamics, of serrated humpback whale fins that inspired Frank Fish to develop quieter wind turbine blades, and of tree leaves that led Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo to flexible, more-efficient solar cells. Other insights are derived from sources as diverse as Namibian beetles, shark skin, and gecko feet. Invention/inspirations are presented in four-page subsections, the invention presented in the first double-page spread, with its backstory explained economically but clearly in the second. The real inventors and fictional invention users populating Boston’s stylized, cleanly drawn illustrations, including one figure who uses a wheelchair, are likewise diverse in age, race, and gender presentation. The author brings her debut to a strong finish with an overview of the study of biomimicry and helpful suggestions for activities and further reading. Of particular note is the section that introduces each inventor (all of whom Nordstrom interviewed) with a photograph; when appropriate, the inventor’s surname is placed before their given name, along with a parenthetical explanation. A salutary reminder to young naturalists and would-be Edisons that not all wheels need to be reinvented.

Parents

You and the kids will soak up mind-blowing examples of how animals and plants inspire innovations in this book about biomimicry—when inventors take strategies found in nature and adapt them into technology. One cool case: A scientist came up with a way to prevent algae from growing on submarines by studying the skin of sharks. Short text blocks and bright illustrations make this topic approachable for the pre-K set.

School Library Journal

This work invites readers to imagine how nature inspires innovative thinkers to create real-world solutions. Each mimic maker is introduced through illustrations that follow the development of a biomimicry project from nature to invention; short explanatory paragraphs are tucked into the artwork to support and expand the visual narrative. The renderings do a lot of the storytelling, giving young readers the opportunity to explore and ask questions based on what they see. Boston’s illustrations are intricate and accessible, drawing readers in for a closer look at the action. Nordstrom’s text doesn’t overwhelm the page; rather, it serves as a guidance component for questions young readers may have about the research or technology presented. This is a good book to open up and let young readers take the lead by reading the illustrations first. Adults reading along can build on initial visual readings with the provided text, generating discussions about science, nature, and technology. Mimic Makers also offers an opportunity to “meet” the makers: short biographies with photographs in the back matter identify the real-life mimic makers presented in the book. There are also suggestions for kids on how they can be mimic makers, as well as a series of resources and a bibliography for further study. VERDICT Purchase this fascinating informational text for science collections and classroom use.

Booklist

This handsome book presents eight inventions inspired by nature. After watching a kingfisher dive into water, Eiji Nakatsu redesigned the nose of Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train to resemble the bird’s beak and created a significantly quieter, faster, more energy-efficient engine. Microbiologists Rusty Rodriguez and Regina Redman discovered a fungus that, when used in a treatment for seeds, allows food crops to survive despite harsh conditions. For example, a rice plant can grow in “hot, dry, salty soil.” Fascinated by flight as a boy in Nigeria, Kingsley Fregene later became a research scientist at Lockheed Martin, where he and his team invented a one-winged drone inspired by twirling maple seeds. Nordstrom, who interviewed each of the inventors introduced here, offers eight examples of biomimicry and explains each one in a few paragraphs presented on two fully illustrated, double-page spreads. In the attractive artwork, trees on the hills are represented by colorful, overlapping triangles and diamond-shaped forms. The illustrations help to clarify the link between an invention’s inspiration and its final form. An intriguing introduction to biomimicry.

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-947-5

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Ages: 7–10
Page count: 48
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