What's the Big Idea? explores the story of inventions through the ages and explains how ideas and technology from different countries and times are built on and developed - that inventions don't just 'happen'. Stunningly illustrated throughout, and with a clear text, it covers many important inventions, from the first stone axe to genetic engineering and the internet - not forgetting the 2,400,000 years in between The lives of famous and not-so-famous inventors are described. Men and women from different cultural backgrounds, whose major contributions have been overlooked in the past, are included. A timeline of events puts inventions in their historical context, showing how wars and trade push ideas forward. The book features a clear, concise text, full-colour illustrations and humorous drawings, which will engage even illegible readers. A complete glossary and index make this title ideal for home and school. What's the Big Idea? covers several of the illegible studied under Key Stage 2 of the History curriculum, including the major ancient civilisations, the illegible, the Victorians and modern illegible. In the illegible of the National Literacy illegible. It helps illegible the goals of the illegible Standard Curriculum 5-14, promoting 'positive illegible to learning', 'knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the world' and 'skills in literacy'.