Invented by animals Meet the creatures who inspired our everyday technology

Christiane Dorion

Book - 2021

"Humans think they invent everything, but the fact is, us animals have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans."--Page [4] of cover.

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Published
Minneapolis, MN : Wide Eyed Editions, an imprint of The Quarto Group 2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
75 pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Audience
7-10 years.
ISBN
9780711260672
0711260672
Main Author
Christiane Dorion (author)
Other Authors
Gosia Herba (illustrator)
  • Introduction ; Master of disguise
  • mimic octopus ; Colour with structure
  • blue morpho butterfly ; Sleek swimmer
  • shark ; Master builders
  • Super-zoom vision
  • eagle ; Running upside down
  • gecko ; A terrific tail
  • seahorse ; Expert paper maker
  • paper wasp ; A formidable grip
  • tree frog ; Origami wings
  • earwig ; Self-repairing teeth
  • jumbo squid ; Web designer
  • spider ; The art of flying ; Fog catcher
  • namib beetle ; Bumpy flippers
  • humpback whale ; Waterproof coat
  • penguin ; Suntrap fur coat
  • polar bear ; Diving without a splash
  • kingfisher ; Controlled flight
  • dragonfly ; Lead drummer
  • woodpecker ; Slithering champion
  • snake ; Low-energy swimming
  • jellyfish ; Avoiding collusion
  • locust ; Robot world
  • Tunnelling
  • shipworm ; Secret language
  • dolphin ; Sonar
  • bat ; Mighty recyclers
  • Prickly quills
  • porcupine ; Gooey slime
  • slug ; Blood-sucking needle
  • mosquito ; A sticky situation
  • dog and burrs ; Animal innovation lab.
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–5—Young inventors and scientists interested in learning about the features that enable animals to survive in their environments and how these features have been successfully adapted by human inventors will find a great deal of fascinating information here. The book presents double-page spreads about each animal, beginning with the mimic octopus, the blue morpho butterfly, and the shark. The information is presented in a spread that explains the animal's unique feature and how humans have learned to adapt it in their own inventions. For example, the "super-zoom vision" of eagles inspired the development of the miniature camera, and the "formidable grip" of the tree frog has inspired auto tires that stick better to icy, wet roads and self-cleaning, reusable sticky tape. There are also spreads that emphasize how groups of animals (e.g., "Mighty Recyclers") provide humans with ideas. Emphasis is placed on learning to observe the environmentally friendly ways of animals and apply them to everyday life. However, while the facts are fascinating, there are a few questionable aspects. First, the book's subtitle is a little misleading because readers learn about how many features "could be used" or are currently being studied. Second, the animals address readers directly, often explaining how they have shared their secrets with humans. The illustrations, too, emphasize human-like features. The octopus wears glasses and a hat and holds a teacup, and the shark appears to be designing clothes. Still, this is an interesting, appealing book. VERDICT An informative, well-illustrated book about animal adaptations that have sparked human technology.—Myra Zarnowski, City Univ. of New York Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Humans think they invent everything, but the fact is, us animals have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS 2022An international best-seller, translated into over 25 languages Often human scientists try and solve a problem or invent a new tool and they realise that animals have already invented it for them. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans.  We have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. Sometimes when a human inventor gets stuck, they come to the animal kingdom to see if we can help them out.  In this book you will meet the crème de la crème of animal innovators who have created or are in the process of inventing things that people use every day. Meet the shark who invented a pair of swimming shorts so fast, they were banned from the Olympic games. And meet the snail who has invented a house that stays cool inside even in the desert.   

Review by Publisher Summary 3

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS 2022An international best-seller, translated into over 25 languages Often human scientists try and solve a problem or invent a new tool and they realise that animals have already invented it for them. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans.  We have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. Sometimes when a human inventor gets stuck, they come to the animal kingdom to see if we can help them out.  In this book you will meet the crème de la crème of animal innovators who have created or are in the process of inventing things that people use every day. Meet the shark who invented a pair of swimming shorts so fast, they were banned from the Olympic games. And meet the snail who has invented a house that stays cool inside even in the desert.   

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Humans think they invent everything, but the fact is, us animals have invented ways of solving problems, making unbelievable materials, ways of getting around and working out how to survive on our own for millions of years. In this book you will meet the animal inventors who have shared their super inventing powers to make amazing things for humans.