From Marbles to Video Games

How Toys Have Changed

From the Series Lightning Bolt Books ® — Comparing Past and Present

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Many kids play video games or ride on skateboards. But long ago, these fun activities didn’t exist. Kids rode around on roller skates. They played games with jacks and marbles. What other toys and games have changed over time? Read this book to find out!

Learn how daily life has changed over time in the Comparing Past and Present series—part of the Lightning Bolt Books ™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books ™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Lightning Bolt Books ®
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.2
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025000, JNF021010
Dewey 790.1'33
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level J
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and Websites

Author: Jennifer Boothroyd

Jennifer Boothroyd taught elementary school for many years. She currently helps visitors explore the outdoors at a local nature center. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, taking pictures, and traveling. She is a huge Disney geek and loves planning trips to Walt Disney World for her friends and family.

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Lightning Bolt Books ® — Comparing Past and Present

Historical and modern-day photographs interspersed throughout these books clearly illustrate how aspects of daily life change over time, while simple text shows readers how to compare and contrast ideas. Timelines in the back of each book give readers perspective by listing key… View available downloads →


Library Media Connection

“This series is a great beginning social studies unit for young learners.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“This visually dynamic series engages kids from the covers all the way through to the end with its vibrant colors and striking images.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple


“As long as toy aisles in department stores retain their ability to dazzle, kids will be curious—and, let’s face it, amused—by the toys of their parents and grandparents. This volume in the Comparing Past and Present series makes fine use out of blazingly bright pages and the contrast between black-and-white photos of yesteryear (usually on the left page) and full-color shots of toys they are familiar with (usually on the right).” —Booklist