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Mimic Makers

Biomimicry, which refers to innovations by humans that are inspired by nature, happens to be one of my favorite topics, and I particularly love introducing the concept to children.  Occasionally I come across a natural history book which is so compelling that I want to share it with Naturally Curious readers, especially at a gift-giving time of year.  Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature by Kristen Nordstrom is one of these books.  

Written for elementary school readers, it engagingly presents ten “mimic makers” who come up with technological inventions based on the natural world (leaf-inspired solar panels, beetle-inspired water collectors, maple seed-inspired drones, etc.).  It’s biomimicry at its very best, guaranteed to captivate young (and not so young), inquisitive minds. (Photo: Red Maple seeds/samaras)

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6 responses

  1. Thanks, Mary. I have a precocious 5 1/2 yo grandchild who is nature and technically minded, perfect Christmas gift idea!

    November 21, 2022 at 7:34 am

    • So glad it’s such a good fit, Cherrie!

      November 22, 2022 at 9:21 am

  2. I love False Aralia we have some kind of wild version that grows on our natural hillside! Obviously this plant is also mistaken for marijuana! — https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/false-aralia-how-to-grow-care-guide/🙂 ❤

    November 21, 2022 at 8:42 am

    • Alice

      A friend commented about the Cleome leaves that were growing here

      November 21, 2022 at 10:05 am

  3. Michele Girard

    Thank you so much for this book recommendation on biomimicry for children.

    November 21, 2022 at 11:05 am

    • You’re very welcome, Michele! Hope you share my love of it!

      November 22, 2022 at 9:21 am

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