A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Calling All Minds is bursting with things to learn. How-to projects, mini-bios of famous and not so famous inventors, short sections on everything from accidental discoveries (penicillin and Velcro), and the history of glue to kids who applied for and received patents (the youngest was 5-year-old Sam Houghton, who invented the Sweeping Device with Two Heads).
Even if your brain works a little differently from other kids' in your class, there's no limit to the kind of contributions you can make in the world.
Positive Role Models
Grandin's willingness to be open about her life on the autism spectrum has inspired millions and is sure to do the same for readers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor is by Temple Grandin, a world-renowned scientist and inventor who is also one of the best-known adults on the autism spectrum. The book has more than 20 hands-on projects, from making a Jumping Jack Puppet and toy sailboat to kites and paper planes. Along with the projects are short pieces and bios of the scientists and inventors who created them, as well as Grandin's own memories of working on these same projects as a kid. This is far more than a book of things to do. Grandin's candid memories of growing up as a child who never quite fit in but went onto lead an extraordinary life will be inspiring to any young reader who is (in Grandin’s words), "a different kind of thinker."
Is It Any Good?
Fun projects that are certain to inspire kids to put down their phones, pick up scissors, glue, milk cartons, and plywood and actually make things with their own hands. Calling All Minds has a two-fold purpose -- to motivate and encourage -- and strongly delivers on both. Grandin's joy in being able to share these favorite projects from her childhood should make them irresistible to readers. By sharing her personal story, she shows all those kids who don't quite fit the mold at school that being a "different kind of thinker" can mean a whole world of exciting possibilities can open for them.
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