Bicycle: Eureka! The Biography of an Idea (Paperback)
NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book
EUREKA! Great things happen when science crosses history! Discover the all-true stories of your favorite inventions with this new multicultural STEM series that takes readers on a journey through time and around the world. A perfect choice for kids ages 4–8 who love to figure out how things work!
Who likes bikes? Just about everyone! Here is a "biography" of bicycles, an essential invention that keeps people rolling!
From the first spark of an idea of a new way to get around to the spread of bicycles throughout the world, Bicycle is a fun and informative look at an invention that makes a huge difference in our lives. This STEAM nonfiction title is part of the new Eureka! series with each book focusing on one groundbreaking, world-changing discovery that millions of people use every single day.
About the Author
Lori Haskins Houran loves riding her bike--especially downhill. She's a former editor and the author of more than fifty books for kids, including Next to You, Too Many Dogs, My Little Golden Book About George Washington, and several titles on the Kane Press backlist. Lori lives in Massachusetts with her family. Learn more about Lori at lorihaskinshouran.com.
Aaron Cushley lives in Belfast, Ireland. He has illustrated many kids books, such as A Smile for Sasquatch, How Many Mice Make an Elephant?, and The Big Beyond: The Story of Space for Macmillan, Penguin, Usborne, and Little Tiger. This is his first title for Kane Press. Visit Aaron at aaroncushley.com.
"The appealing Eureka! The Biography of an Idea series introduces primary-grade students to the history behind familiar inventions, from an initial concept or prototype to versions familiar to users today. The writing is simple, clear, and often lively. Richly colorful, digital artwork suggests the look of different time periods and cultures, while portraying individuals who developed each invention and showing how its appearance has changed through the years. Well attuned to the intended audience, this series is both engaging and informative." —Booklist
"This series explores some of history’s greatest and most ubiquitous inventions. The illustrations...are a real highlight, colorful and engaging, setting the historical scenes nicely while providing clear and engaging diagrams. There is a palpable sense of good cheer in the [depiction] of... the little dog enjoying his ride in the basket of China’s famous Flying Pigeon bicycle. Back matter provides some extra fun facts (Amsterdam has more bikes than people!) and...close[s] with a message about how improved energy efficiency benefits the body and environment. Perfect for STEM lessons and future innovators, this fun and informative series has a lot to offer." —School Library Journal
"A concise, inclusive history of the evolution of the bicycle. The multicountry perspective (Germany, England, France, America, Ireland, and China are all mentioned) is a refreshing angle; also welcome is the information on ways bicycles were and are used, their efficiency, and the etymology of bicycle names and terms. This engaging history of the bicycle is sure to pique young riders’ interest while it enriches their knowledge." —Kirkus Reviews
"This concise history starts with German Karl Drais's 1817 invention of a wooden two-wheeled 'running machine'...[and] culminat[es] with 'a bicycle for just about everybody'....The lively illustrations keep pace with the accessible and engaging text." —The Horn Book