A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison

A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison

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by David A. Adler, John Wallner, Alexandra Wallner

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His inventions included the phonograph, light bulb, and movie camera.


His inventions included the phonograph, light bulb, and movie camera.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Brumby
Adler seems to have developed a near-perfect formula for picture book biographies. From presidents to explorers to civil rights leaders, this series does a fine job introducing the lives of famous people to curious young listeners and readers. This recent entry, focusing on the busy Thomas Alva Edison, does another fine job of balancing the right amount of fact, personal life and history. Readers with no prior knowledge of Edison' role in history will come away from this book with a nice foundation. The Wallners' line and watercolor illustrations are busy enough to maintain interest, while still simple enough to appeal to even the youngest viewers.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-In this latest entry in a well-known series, Adler recycles material from Thomas Alva Edison (Holiday, 1990). This greatly simplified and shortened biography does not afford much insight into Edison's character, but focuses on the highlights of the man's life and career achievements. By depicting well-chosen incidents, Adler and the Wallners provide interesting glimpses of an inquisitive youth who grew into a hard-working visionary. An adequate introduction with appeal for reluctant readers and very young listeners.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA

Product Details

Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
Picture Book Biography Series
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Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.11(d)
AD700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler is the author of the acclaimed Picture Book Biography series as well as other Judaica titles, including Child of the Warsaw Ghetto and Hiding from the Nazis, which, according to booklist, "humanizes the Holocaust statistics by focusing on a child's personal traumatic experience." He lives in New York State with his family.

Alexandra Wallner has written and illustrated a number of books about famous literary and historical figures, including An Alcott Family Christmas and Beatrix Potter. She lives in Maine with her husband, illustrator John Wallner.

John Wallner has illustrated many titles in David A. Adler's Picture Book Biography series. He lives in Maine.

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A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. My son who is in kindergarten was studying people who changed the world and he chose Thomas Edison. After reading the book he really understood why Thomas Edison is so important. He took it to school for the teacher to read. The class loved it. Great buy.