Where Do Favorite Toys Come From?

Just where do favorite toys come from?  The answer is wonderfully wrapped up in this fun book that shares the origin of some of our most iconic playthings.  Now, what kid doesn’t want to read about how Pokemon got its start?  This book will make nonfiction cool and relevant.

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Title: Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventionswhere do favorite toys come from

Author: Don Wulffson

Target: Grades 3-6

Series: No

What this book is about:

Just where did some of our most iconic toys come from? Wonder no longer as this book shares how Parker Brothers initially rejected an offer to buy Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head was supposed to be used on actual potatoes, and Silly Putty was intended to help with a rubber shortage during World War II (it didn’t). Find out the origin of 32 different toys from Pokemon to Play-Doh.

Why I love this book:

  • Entertaining stories that are each 4-5 pages long make this book a fast-paced look at a multitude of different inventions. The illustrations by Laurie Keller are funny and playful, just right for the subject and the audience.
  • This is a fabulous way to show kids that new ideas come from anywhere. You don’t have to be older or rich to come up with a great invention.
  • This book is about toys. How often is nonfiction this fun and relevant to the young person reading it?

Who this book is for:

Great choice for kids who need a nonfiction book or kids who like learning about real things. Nice book for reluctant readers since each invention is one succinct chapter.

Final thoughts:

Ever wonder how Play-Doh gets its smell? To find out … just read the book!

To purchase this book:

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