in the midst of a storm this soaken treasure was discovered in my letterbox (thankfully the other 10 were delivered several days ago when the sun was shining!). This book is a collection of poems, in the year order they were invented, which covers everything from the humble ‘blue jeans’ to the drinking straw (which was invented in 1888 by the way) and even Velcro, Kitty Litter and the Traffic Signal. The poems are delightful (as well as super interesting and informing), the back of the book has all the facts and everything you need to know about each invention. One invention (Fig Newton Cookie) I’d never heard of and had to google to find out more (a popular American cookie) but I think we do have something very similar in NZ so I’m off to explore the supermarket. I’ll use this book to spark curiosity and innovation but it’s so much more than that, I’ll scaffold classroom teachers to support students to write and publish a poem back in class to accompany their invention and to dream big about how their invention could impact on the world. Did you know that Basketball was invented in 1891 and that the first match was played with a soccer ball and two peach baskets used as goals and hoops and nets were introduced two years later? Or that the word Velcro comes from combining two French words, velour (velvet) and crochet (hooks)?
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.