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Baby Loves Structural Engineering

Author: Ruth Spiro
Lower Age: 0
Upper Age: 3
Website: www.charlesbridge.com
Price: $8.99
Year Added: 2019

Baby Loves Structural Engineering, written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan, is a short board book for ages two to three. Inside, it uses simple stepping-stone concepts to relate young childrens’ building-block creations to structural engineering thinking and design. It discusses basic concepts of designing a structure, including foundations, supports, and forces, while using simple words and illustrations to relate to a very young audience. 

 

The book begins by comparing the reader’s love of building to that of real world engineers and showing the reader how their simple designs are similar to those of structures out in the real world. The book goes on to discuss the purpose of the foundation, walls and roof in the design of the home, and how the structure must be strong enough to support itself as well as withstand outside forces. The book concludes by again referencing how the child’s designs represent real world engineering. 

 

The text is paired with cute illustrations that show that the child is building a house for the three little pigs to protect them from the big bad wolf, which provides the book with a relatable story. This book is an excellent way to introduce structural engineering concepts at a young age in an engaging way.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Plan a solution, Create a prototype or process, Test the solution

   

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: 

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Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Critical thinking, Design, Problem solving

 

Overall ratings:

  • Parents Reviews

    • Rating:  5.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback: 

      • "Very good explanation! Love the illustrations!"

  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 4.6 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • "Uses a child's simple toy house to relate to real world engineering designs