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Author: Elsmore, Warren
Publisher: Barrons
Year Published: 2014
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from Lego

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“Brick Wonders – is a journey into the marvels of ancient, modern and natural worlds…beautifully recreated in LEGO bricks.” LEGO enthusiast, Warren Elsmore, provides primarily visual instructions for recreating the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, Historic Wonders, Modern Wonders and Natural Wonders, some simply and others with great complexity. The beginning of the book details the history of LEGO, offers building tips,suggests online resources and provides many more details for engineers, young to adult. All the LEGO bricks needed to build a structure are individually pictured and labeled by the number needed to complete the structure, e.g. 2x. Two large fold out posters would be great to display, once removed. A table of contents and index help to find topics quickly. The small size of the book, images and fine lined font are simply too small for the topic of this book, which relies heavily upon visual instructions. It seems that a book about ‘Wonders’ should create the sense of of wonder by it’s sheer size. Surprisingly, there is a disclaimer at both the front and back of the book, that though the structures are all built using LEGO bricks, the LEGO company does not sponsor, authorize or endorse the book. With the recent LEGO movie release, there is a resurgence of LEGO sales and interest in this staple childhood toy. The target audience of this book is upper elementary-adult, as the structures themselves are increasingly complex to build. It would be interesting to try building the same structures out of different materials. Useful for Grade 3 Science: Building Things with a Variety of Materials.

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