Toy Trailblazers

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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.

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Toy Trailblazers (6 titles)
Barbie Developer: Ruth Handler 5.0
Board Game Builder: Milton Bradley 4.9
Crayola Creators: Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith 4.9
Lego Manufacturers: The Kristiansen Family 4.9
Play-Doh Pioneer: Joseph McVicker 4.7
Slinky Innovators: The James Family 4.6
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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF007000, JNF056000, JNF061010
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Biographies
Copyright 2016
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Checkerboard Library
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Season 2015-12-15
ISBN 9781624039737, 9781680771312
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 8 x 8
Features Glossary of key words, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Timeline of key events
Online Resources FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network

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.

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.