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Edited by Michael Webb
Mississauga (Ont.), Copp Clark Pitman, 1991. 28pp, paper
ISBN 0-7730-5052-3 (paper) $9.95, ISBN 0-7730-5051-5 (cloth) $11.95. (Scientists & Inventors series). CIP


Edited by Michael Webb
Mississauga (Ont.), Copp Clark Pitman, 1991. 28pp, paper
ISBN 0-7730-5054-X (paper) $9.95, ISBN 0-7730-5053-1 (cloth) $11.95. (Scientists & Inventors series). CIP


Edited by Michael Webb
Mississauga (Ont.), Copp Clark Pitman, 1991. 28pp, paper
ISBN 0-7730-5050-7 (paper) $9.95, ISBN 0-7730-5049-3 (cloth) $11.95. (Scientists & Inventors series). CIP

Grades 4 to 6/Ages 9 to 11

Reviewed by Hugh A. Cook.

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

Joseph-Armand Bombardier was born in Valcourt, Quebec, in 1907. His family wished him to become a priest but Armand's heart was set on becoming a mechanic. By the age of fifteen he was a good mechanic and after Armand had spent two frustrating years in the seminary, his father gave in and permit­ted him to apprentice as a mechanic. At the age of nineteen he began his dream of having his own garage.

With his knowledge and hard work he soon became a success. In 1937 he patented his first snowmobile. His business was just beginning to prosper when the war broke out and his inter­ests were severely limited, as he was required to build troop carriers for the Canadian Army. When the war ended he returned to making snowmobiles, but with the advent of large scale snowplowing his business did not prosper as expected. He built many machines for the far north but his most successful was the Muskeg Tractor. His dream of a Ski-Doo was realized in 1959. Shortly after this he developed stomach cancer and died in 1964. His company is now one of international repute with over 22,500 employees and a great diversity of interests, which include railway trains, jets, water bombers and space items.

Banting's success came from hours of hard work and determination to find a cure for diabetes. Although he did not find a cure he did discover insulin, which was to save the lives of countless thousands around the world. He began his work on a cure for diabetes in 1921 and by 1923 thousands were using his discovery. In 1923 Banting and Macleod won the Nobel Prize for medicine. Banting shared his award with Charles Best. This was his most important discovery. He was killed in an airplane crash in 1941.

Bell was born in Scotland in 1847. His family was very interested in human speech. Bell became a teacher of music and elocution at the age of sixteen. When Bell was not teaching Visible Speech to the deaf, he was busy working on inventions. One of these was the telegraph. In 1876 he patented his first telephone. Bell became presi­dent of the National Geographic Society in 1897 and caused the magazine to become the success it is today by filling it with beautiful and informative pictures. Bell died in 1922.

Each of the above books has a table of contents, two-page glossary and index. There is a picture or illustration on most pages and many of them are in colour. These books are suited for the junior grades and should give students sufficient information to realize the importance of these inventors to our lives today.

Hugh A. Cook, Maple, Ont.
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