Inventing the Snowboard

From the Set The Spark of Invention

Compelling narrative nonfiction text presents the story of the snowboard's invention: why there was a need for it, its design and testing, the science behind it, and its lasting impact. Additional features to aid comprehension include a table of contents, fact-filled captions and callouts, infographics, a glossary, sources for further research, a listing of source notes, and an introduction to the author.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$28.50 $19.95
$45.64 $31.95
  • Surfing on Snow
  • Coming Up with a Great Idea
  • Creating a New Sport
  • Winning Acceptance
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Source Notes
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 688.7
Lexile 590
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Guided Reading Level R
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781634074605, 9781503807020
Copyright 2016, 2016
Number of Pages 24, 24
Dimensions 6.5 x 9, 6.5 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of The Spark of Invention from School Library Journal on April 1, 2016

These highlights in the history of modern technology offer light doses of names and dates, along with nontechnical descriptions of significant early tweaks or innovations. The volumes take snowboarding from the time it was called ‘snurfing’ through Shaun White’s legendary run in the 2010 Olympics, computers from UNIVAC to the Apple II, and mobile phones from Marty Cooper’s first taunting call to a competitor in 1973 to the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. Despite occasional gaps—Laine skips any mention of how color TV came to be—these titles will help young readers pair a range of common tools and toys with the often obscure men (all men, here) who make them possible.

Author: Carolee Laine

Carolee Laine is an educator and children's writer. She has written social studies textbooks, educational materials, and passages for statewide assessments. She enjoys learning through researching and writing nonfiction books for young readers. Carolee lives in the Chicago suburbs.