Monday, June 4, 2012

Nonficton Monday

Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by True Tales & A Cherry On Top.

My selection is: "Biomimicry" written by Dora Lee and illustrated by Margot Thompson. 

 Biomimicry is defined in the dictionary as: the mimicking of life using imitation biological systems.

Lee takes the definition further by explaining that "Biomimicry is a way of thinking that encourages scientists, inventors and ordinary people to study nature and use its solutions to solve our problems."  She encourages readers to consider all the ways we've already begun this process.  Airplanes? Birds flew first.  Sonar? Bats beat us to that one.  Velcro? Thank the cockleburs that inspired George de Mestral.

Then she takes the discussion a step farther by looking at developing or future uses such as competition swimwear modeled on sharkskin, a Zimbabwe building with air conditioning modeled after the efficient termite mound, self-cleaning painting inspired by the lotus flower, and NASA's seed-wing flyers for off-planet exploration.

Thompson's illustrations are richly colored glimpses of the natural world under discussion.

Biomimicry gives readers food for thought and will leave them asking for more.


Jeanne Walker Harvey said...

What an interesting word ... biomimicry. I'm still processing the meaning -- sounds like I better check out the book.

Thanks for participating in the Nonfiction Monday round-up today

Tammy Flanders said...

This one has been sitting on my desk for a while as I've been meaning to get to it. I'll do so now.
Thanks for the kick in the pants.
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