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For fans of the successful Who Was series, From an Idea to Lego is a behind-the-bricks look into the world's famous toy company, with humorous black & white illustrations throughout. Today, LEGO is one of the biggest toy companies in the world, but a long time ago, a Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, started with just an idea. Find out more about LEGO’s origins, thos For fans of the successful Who Was series, From an Idea to Lego is a behind-the-bricks look into the world's famous toy company, with humorous black & white illustrations throughout. Today, LEGO is one of the biggest toy companies in the world, but a long time ago, a Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, started with just an idea. Find out more about LEGO’s origins, those famous bricks, and their other inventive toys and movie ventures in this illustrated nonfiction book! Find out the origin the name “LEGO.” (Hint: it combines two Danish words) See how LEGO grew from a carpentry shop to a multi-platform toy company. Discover how LEGO bricks are made and how they came up with their design.


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For fans of the successful Who Was series, From an Idea to Lego is a behind-the-bricks look into the world's famous toy company, with humorous black & white illustrations throughout. Today, LEGO is one of the biggest toy companies in the world, but a long time ago, a Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, started with just an idea. Find out more about LEGO’s origins, thos For fans of the successful Who Was series, From an Idea to Lego is a behind-the-bricks look into the world's famous toy company, with humorous black & white illustrations throughout. Today, LEGO is one of the biggest toy companies in the world, but a long time ago, a Danish carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, started with just an idea. Find out more about LEGO’s origins, those famous bricks, and their other inventive toys and movie ventures in this illustrated nonfiction book! Find out the origin the name “LEGO.” (Hint: it combines two Danish words) See how LEGO grew from a carpentry shop to a multi-platform toy company. Discover how LEGO bricks are made and how they came up with their design.

30 review for From an Idea to Lego: The Building Bricks Behind the World’s Largest Toy Company

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence from chapter one: Ole (pronounced OH-lay) Kirk Christiansen was born on April 7, 1891, in the small village of Filskov, Denmark. Premise/plot: This nonfiction book provides young readers with a behind-the-scenes look at LEGO. The LEGO story begins as a very human story--the story of a carpenter and his sons. He didn't set out to make and sell toys--especially not plastic toys, after all he was a carpenter. As for one day being the world's largest toy company--I imagine he'd laugh First sentence from chapter one: Ole (pronounced OH-lay) Kirk Christiansen was born on April 7, 1891, in the small village of Filskov, Denmark. Premise/plot: This nonfiction book provides young readers with a behind-the-scenes look at LEGO. The LEGO story begins as a very human story--the story of a carpenter and his sons. He didn't set out to make and sell toys--especially not plastic toys, after all he was a carpenter. As for one day being the world's largest toy company--I imagine he'd laugh and cry. The story is packed with details. My thoughts: Nonfiction can be so fascinating. I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to just about anyone and everyone. I was familiar with much of the story told within the book. Having watched the LEGO Story movie a couple dozen of times when it first came out. But this book goes beyond that simple story of how it came to be. It also includes plenty of informational text that focuses on business and economics.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hnatiuk

    I stumbled upon this series via Twitter and avid reader and reviewer Shari Sawyers @SawyersShari and happy I did. There are currently four in the series and I read two - From an Idea to Lego and From an Idea to Google. The other two in the series are about Disney and Nike. This is an easy to read series exploring and explaining the biographies of individuals credited and in charge of major companies. The books include factual information, illustrations, timelines, quizzes and fun facts intersper I stumbled upon this series via Twitter and avid reader and reviewer Shari Sawyers @SawyersShari and happy I did. There are currently four in the series and I read two - From an Idea to Lego and From an Idea to Google. The other two in the series are about Disney and Nike. This is an easy to read series exploring and explaining the biographies of individuals credited and in charge of major companies. The books include factual information, illustrations, timelines, quizzes and fun facts interspersed throughout the book. It also has a glossary defining terms right on the page and special sections on information related to the text. For example in the Google book, it talks about and explains what it means when a company goes public and how stocks work in kid friendly language. The text is suitable and the books are not overly long at just over a hundred pages. This series will compliment the Who is and What is series nicely and cover topics that are of interest to students and can/could be used to talk about text features. There are Source notes and a Bibliography at the back as well, so students are able to do further reading if interested. A definite addition to your nonfiction section.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth Anne

    Thanks to hmhkids for the free review copy of From an Idea to LEGO, a new book in a series by Lowey Bundy Sichol. This book tells the history of LEGO from its inception in the 1950s, through its golden age then near bankruptcy, to the last 15 years of resurgence. The purpose of the book is not just to tell about LEGO, but to use the model of LEGO as a business to teach kids about basic business principles. My 10-year-old says: It has a lot of fun facts about LEGOs, interesting illustrations, and Thanks to hmhkids for the free review copy of From an Idea to LEGO, a new book in a series by Lowey Bundy Sichol. This book tells the history of LEGO from its inception in the 1950s, through its golden age then near bankruptcy, to the last 15 years of resurgence. The purpose of the book is not just to tell about LEGO, but to use the model of LEGO as a business to teach kids about basic business principles. My 10-year-old says: It has a lot of fun facts about LEGOs, interesting illustrations, and fundamentals on building a business. I think other kids would like it because lots of kids like LEGOs and this book has a lot of history behind the different LEGO sets we build today. Mom's take: This book was really fun, and I loved understanding more about why I have always loved LEGO so much. The company put a lot of purpose and thought into the design of LEGO bricks, and this book did a great job exploring business techniques in a kid friendly way without watering down the information.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I came across this series during #MGBooktober on Twitter based on a recommendation from Shari Sawyers and absolutely loved the series. I look forward to reading the other books in the series (Disney, Google and Nike). The book was easy to read and quite informative about the history of Lego including the many ups and downs of the company. The book also included great illustrations, fun facts, and a business/entrepreneurial glossary interspersed right in the pages of the book. I think this was pa I came across this series during #MGBooktober on Twitter based on a recommendation from Shari Sawyers and absolutely loved the series. I look forward to reading the other books in the series (Disney, Google and Nike). The book was easy to read and quite informative about the history of Lego including the many ups and downs of the company. The book also included great illustrations, fun facts, and a business/entrepreneurial glossary interspersed right in the pages of the book. I think this was particularly helpful because it provided context for the terms. The book provides an opportunity to explore a variety of text features and pairs well with the Who Was? series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Yourdon

    This book tells the very interesting story of how Lego became the popular toy company that it is today. Information about economics is shared in short side-bars that are easy for a young child to digest. There are also lots of illustrations and fun facts sprinkled throughout. I really enjoyed reading about the struggles the company went through to get to where they are today - their factory burned down 3 times! Overall I found this book pretty fascinating and will check out the others in the ser This book tells the very interesting story of how Lego became the popular toy company that it is today. Information about economics is shared in short side-bars that are easy for a young child to digest. There are also lots of illustrations and fun facts sprinkled throughout. I really enjoyed reading about the struggles the company went through to get to where they are today - their factory burned down 3 times! Overall I found this book pretty fascinating and will check out the others in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reshamad

    This is part of a series of early chapter books aimed at elementary readers. The series introduces business concepts by telling the journey of a business or a business man/woman and how an "idea" shaped an entire industry. I like how simple the authors have made this, also how appealing it is for kids of that age. I wished the books were done in a better format, the small almost pocket book sized slim chapter book almost feels lost on the shelf. Targeted towards 3rd graders and upwards. This is part of a series of early chapter books aimed at elementary readers. The series introduces business concepts by telling the journey of a business or a business man/woman and how an "idea" shaped an entire industry. I like how simple the authors have made this, also how appealing it is for kids of that age. I wished the books were done in a better format, the small almost pocket book sized slim chapter book almost feels lost on the shelf. Targeted towards 3rd graders and upwards.

  7. 5 out of 5

    V

    Why I chose this book: You may recall that I reviewed the books about Disney and Nike in this series. I found them interesting and informative. If you know us personally, then you know how present LEGO is in our daily lives. So, a book in a good series about a personally relevant topic? Yes, please! Harcourt Houghton Mifflin provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Mom's Review (V) First, a word about Legos. There is no such thing. LEGO is a Danish company that grew from a carpenter's Why I chose this book: You may recall that I reviewed the books about Disney and Nike in this series. I found them interesting and informative. If you know us personally, then you know how present LEGO is in our daily lives. So, a book in a good series about a personally relevant topic? Yes, please! Harcourt Houghton Mifflin provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Mom's Review (V) First, a word about Legos. There is no such thing. LEGO is a Danish company that grew from a carpenter's attempt to make quality toys for his children during the Great Depression. This book traces the history from carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen to today's globally-known building system. The history is fascinating! I cannot use enough exclamation marks to communicate how interesting the story of LEGO is and how well Sichol weaves together a compelling narrative with entrepreneurship and general business facts. Quotes from the Christiansen family and trivia are also sprinkled throughout the book. Trivia like the fact that the plural of LEGO is LEGO. Not Legos. (Even so, we still play Legos in this house!) Readers also learn the mission of LEGO, which is to promote creative play and develop imagination. Well, this mom feels better about the over-abundance of LEGO pieces underfoot. I liked From an Idea to LEGO inordinately. The topic appeals and relates to me. The information presented is legitimately interesting. The presentation is polished, drawing the reader into a rich history of which he or she is a part. (Assuming he or she has played with Legos, that is.) Similarly to the other books in the series, business terminology is explained in the margins throughout, and back matter presents a timeline of the company's history. Any LEGO fans, middle graders interested in business, or readers looking to learn a bit about the biggest toy company in the world will find satisfaction in From an Idea to LEGO. A piece of personal LEGO trivia: My childhood was during LEGO's Golden Age. At that time, one of the three themes was "Castle." You can see one of my castle horses in the photo above! Son's Review (Age: 4) "Legos! Is it for me? Can you read it to me? Can you save that for me to read when I am older?"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I stumbled across this book when I was doing a library search for kids' books about Denmark. The book is all about the history of the Lego company. It was extremely fascinating to me. If I find a copy of it, I will be buying it for my classroom library. I stumbled across this book when I was doing a library search for kids' books about Denmark. The book is all about the history of the Lego company. It was extremely fascinating to me. If I find a copy of it, I will be buying it for my classroom library.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Valerie R

    My boys and I read this together and we all found it very interesting! Great history written in an captivating fashion, also explaining complicating business jargon. Would recommend for all Lego fans!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Interesting book. I am eager to try the other in this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    It was very informational

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Accessible and informative. Sure to reach the right fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    For sure my favorite in the series... so, so fascinating and a story of resilience and the benefits of loyalty to an original concept or idea. Fabulous story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    3 stars- really interesting

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Garrett

    This book is the history of Lego and how they became world famous. Along the way the company experienced fires and poor management but still became one of the most popular toys around the world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    A very “readable”, engaging and informative telling of the history of the LEGO company! Chapter book nonfiction!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    This behind-the-bricks look is a must-read for any and all LEGO fans.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Crouch

    The book was really good, the author explain's the story really well. I would say about 7 and up for the book. Great book, I highly recommend it!!! The book was really good, the author explain's the story really well. I would say about 7 and up for the book. Great book, I highly recommend it!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    4.5

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt V.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Horowitz

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Rios

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clare D

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Larkin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marwa AlMaskati

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Ann

  28. 5 out of 5

    Todd Stapleton

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lin ting

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hh

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