Tool. Time. Twist. A Brief History of Tools Through Time

from Craigmore Creations


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  • Fun-and-Learning

  • Tool. Time. Twist. A Brief History of Tools Through Time published by Craigmore Creations
  • Written by: David Shapiro
  • Illustrated by: Christopher Herndon
  • We recommend this book for kids ages 3 and up


Overall Editor's Rating

What It Is

When was the tape measure invented? What exactly is a claw hammer? This picture book is a whimsical and entertaining journey through the history of tools from the stone hand ax to the modern toolbox. The text covers 20 tools and about 2.5 million years. Information on each tool is given in a format of "What's the Tool?" and "What's the Time?" and "What's the Twist?"

Is It Fun?

For as long as kids have been kids, they have been intrigued about tools, building and construction sites. Through colorful illustrations, fun facts and sing-song text, kids will learn about fascinating tools and different events in the history of tool making. While the name and origin of each tool are provided, a "twist" or fun fact is offered as well. For example, in the case of "sticks and stones," our ancestors may have used these very early tools, but animals used them as well. And, the illustrations are cleverly created to look like blueprints which makes for added fun.

Who It’s For

Any preschooler who's curious about tools should find this book very engaging. Whether a child has parents who are always puttering around the house, or one who can't resist turning his or her head while passing a construction site, this book is a fun read again and again.

What To Be Aware Of

This title is from a smaller publisher, so it may be a bit hard to find in libraries, however, its learning and interest value make it a great purchase or gift.