Learn about the incredible innovators of some of the world's most popular toys with Toy Trailblazers. Each engaging, fact-packed biography gives the life story of a famous toy's inventor, including information about the inventor's childhood and early career, how he or she invented the famous toy, and how it came to be as popular and influential as it is today. Full-color and historic black-and-white photos bring the world of toys to life for young readers. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
- Spring 2018
- Fall 2017
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||8 x 8|
|Features||Table of contents, Glossary of key words, Index, Timeline of key events, and Reviewed|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Barbie Developer: Ruth Handler (Toy Trailblazers) – Booklist
If anyone deserves a book in the Toy Trailblazers series, it’s Ruth Handler, who brought the world Barbie. This well-written title introduces Handler, a Jewish immigrant and youngest of 10 children. Handler faced much skepticism about whether an adult doll would sell. Handler, an excellent marketer, not only sold Barbie, but clothes, accessories, and friends. Her goal, to make Barbie a positive role model, came with the doll’s ability to change careers as well as clothes. Part biography, part pop-culture review, this has many color photos that add info and enjoyment.
Toy Trailblazers - School Library Journal, Series Made Simple
Students will savor these informative and fast-paced titles on the fascinating, sometimes quirky histories behind the visionary inventors of popular toys. Brief chapters keep reading pace brisk. “Fun Facts” sidebars offer entertaining, educational bits of trivia and striking covers, colored banners, and numerous high-quality black-and-white and color photos of the products appropriately enliven the playful appearance. These slim volumes should prove as popular as their namesakes in public and school libraries. Use in units on business/economics, inventors, and popular culture.