Dora Lee
Margot Thompson

Biomimicry examines the extraordinary innovations of the natural world and the human inventions they have inspired. Readers will learn about marvels such as high-performance swimsuits modeled after sharkskin and the sleek front ends of Japanese bullet trains based on the long, streamlined beak of the kingfisher. There's also plenty about what glimmers on the horizon: A Brazilian beetle may be key to developing computers that run on light, and the gecko's humble foot may hold the secret to revolutionizing the way surgical wounds are closed. Best of all, nature's inventions are lean, green machines that are self-sustaining and generate zero waste --- yet another cue humans are taking from the natural world. Astounding facts, easy-to-understand prose and luminous illustrations bring the wonders of nature into the science lab.

978-1-55453-467-8 | Aug 1, 2011
List Price: USD $18.95, CAD $19.95
4-color 9 x 12 40 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

Awards & Reviews

“An intriguing collection of invention, engineering and scientific advances and potential developments for readers who like to know a little bit about a lot of things.”
— Kirkus Reviews, July 2011
“An abundant taster of a science book that makes an excellent case for the point of "copying nature".”
— The Toronto Star, October 2011
“... this book will be of interest not only to budding scientists and science fair hopefuls, but also to those who like a splash of art with their science”
— School Library Journal, November 2011
2012 - Outstanding Science Books, National Science Teachers Association, Winner
2012 - Green Earth Book Award, Newton Marasco Foundation, Short-listed
2012 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Information Book Award, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada, Commended

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