By Author / Illustrator
Christiane Dorion, Gosia Herba
Wide Eyed Editions
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 creme de la creme 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.
Invented by Animals looks at over 30 different animals in detail and how they have influenced scientists and inventors to create new technology. Ranging from sharks and their skin inspiring high-tech swimsuits which were banned after the 2000 Olympics, to eagles and their impressive eyesight inspiring miniature cameras. The illustrations are wonderful and help to inform the reader while also being charming!
The main theme of the book is to share how wonderful animals are and how much we can learn from them. This book could lead to many discussions around how we as humans should respect animals and wildlife. The book was enjoyable and a fun read, however, the facts were randomly placed on the page so I sometimes struggled to understand in which order the paragraphs needed to be read. Due to this, the book would work better as an independent-read rather than whole class read.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this interesting book which is packed full of facts. I am sure many children would enjoy picking up Invented by Animals again and again.
80 pages / Reviewed by Megan Webb, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+