George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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With the richness of detail presented, even reluctant readers will find something of interest about this exceptional individual ? This well-written book has plenty of material for reports and browsing.

[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.

Children's Literature - Lynn O'Connell
Multiple illustrations, authentic photos, and meaningful quotes help bring George Washington Carver to life for even the most reluctant young readers in this book in MacLeod's "Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History" series. Perhaps best-known as the "Peanut Scientist," Carver was also an inventor and professor as well as a painter. The first chapter begins with a Carver quote detailing his accomplishments: "I created pickles, shampoo and more from peanuts. I also came up with more than 160 products using sweet potatoes." Later quotes are insightful, such as "There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation—veneer isn't worth anything." While the first chapter in the book gives an overview of Carver's life, the second chapter looks at the time period when Carver was born. Entitled "Country at War!" this chapter looks at the Civil War and issues surrounding slavery and farming. Carver was born in Diamond, Missouri, and he lived in Kansas, Iowa, and Alabama during his lifetime. In 1896, he received his Master's of Agriculture degree from Iowa State. From there, he went on to become a professor of agriculture at Tuskegee University. The book closes with information about sites in America where readers can learn more about Carver, including two museums, his birthplace, and a replica of the cabin where he was born. Reviewer: Lynn O'Connell
School Library Journal

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. TormohlenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Globe & Mail
[Well-organized chapters and plentiful illustrations, including photographs?tell the whole story about this remarkable man.
Chicago Sun Times
[This book is a must-read for youngsters everywhere.
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Meet the Author

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.
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