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Copycat: Nature-Inspired Design Around the World

Written and illustrated by Christy Hale

Hardcover: $20.95


Illustrations of plants and animals and tanka poetry are paired with photographs of innovative inventions and designs found around the world to present captivating examples of nature-inspired design. A lotus leaf inspires the invention of the umbrella. A cat's eyes inspire the development of safety road reflectors. Discover how mimicking behaviors and strategies in nature lead inventors and designers to develop amazing new products, processes, and technologies that improve our lives and environment.

In this companion to her award-winning book Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building, Christy Hale has crafted an extraordinary collection that introduces readers to the surprising ways in which nature has sparked human creativity and innovation.

Come be inspired to explore--discover--create!

Check out these fun activities and downloadables for Copycat from Christy Hale!
Copycat Invention: Animal Adaptation
Schoolyard Scavenger Hunt
Biomimicry Center Packet
Biomimicry Bulletin Board Signage

Learn how to use Copycat as a mentor text from Two Writing Teachers:
Tapping Into the Power of Some New Mentor Texts

Watch the book trailer!

About the Creators

Thumb_christyhalergb_2022_copy Christy Hale - Author, Illustrator

CHRISTY HALE has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building and several other titles for Lee & Low Books. As an educator, Hale currently teaches picture book writing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has also taught art and graphic design to high school students, and first learned about the Lemon Grove case at an in-service teacher workshop. Hale and her husband live in Palo Alto, California. You can visit her online at Photo credit: Jenna Cole.