A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823414147
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Picture Book Biography Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 457,311
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

David Adler

David A. Adler lives in Woodmere, New York. Joy Allen lives in Cameron Park, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Thomas Alva Edison

    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.

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