This children's book tells the story of an engineer who had a great idea after a walk in the mountains with his dog. It is written to be read to young readers as literacy support for the Next Generation Science Standards.


  • Students will recognize Velcro as an example of biomimicry
  • Students will relate the function and structure of burdock burrs to the function and structure of Velcro
  • Students will infer the value of curiosity and asking questions

Velcro is an early example of , one that is familiar to both children and adults. Swiss engineer, Georges de Mestral, invented the Velcro® hook-and-loop fastener after studying the burs stuck in his dog’s fur. The story is told through the eyes of both George and his dog and its illustrations will keep children’s interest. It shows how George took an annoying problem and turned it into an invention that makes life easier for all of us. This self-published book can be purchased directly from the author’s website for a modest investment of $10.

This book was written as a literacy support for the Next Generation Science Standards 1-LS1-1 and 2-LS2-2 and to motivate students to explore nature’s solutions. Consider pairing this book with the Velcro Race Game for a hands-on activity that compares Velcro to other types of fasteners.

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