Cover image for George Washington Carver : an innovative life
Title:
George Washington Carver : an innovative life
ISBN:
9781553379072
Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2007.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
930 L Lexile
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Summary

Summary

This title in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series introduces readers to the scientist, inventor and professor who became a symbol of African American success and interracial harmony. George Washington Carver was the orphan son of slaves, but he went on to become the world-famous "Peanut Scientist." George invented more than 325 products from peanuts -- including gasoline, shampoo, ice cream and chili sauce. Even when George was a child he was known as the "Plant Doctor" because he could make almost any plant grow. It was through his groundbreaking research in agriculture that George radically improved the lives of countless African American farmers in the southern United States.


Author Notes

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.


Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-MacLeod chronicles Carver's life from childhood to the end of his career, and the recognition he received posthumously. Each spread has a page of text with a quote from Carver in the margin and a page filled with many graphics in black and white and color, including photographs, illustrations, and reproductions of artifacts, all with captions. Each spread also features a small drawing of the man and a comment in a dialogue balloon, such as, "I urged farmers to plant crops such as soybeans and peanuts...because they make the soil better" and "Here I am in the back row, second from the right." With the richness of detail presented, even reluctant readers will find something of interest about this exceptional individual, from the fact that he wore a fresh flower in his lapel each day to the fact that he was a scientist, painter, inventor, singer, and champion of equal rights. The text provides background on the era into which he was born, and a time line is included, but there are no source notes. This well-written book has plenty of material for reports and browsing.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

An impressive amount of information is packed into this slim biography of the influential botanist and educator. Though the type is small and dense, the facing pages are filled with captioned photographs contributing to the attractive and illuminating presentation. Carver's achievements, despite his slave origins, ensuing poverty, and the unrelenting racism he faced, are well documented. Timeline. Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.