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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. TormohlenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
[W]ell-organized chapters and plentiful illustrations, including photographs?tell the whole story about this remarkable man.
[T]his book is a must-read for youngsters everywhere.