Scientist and botanist George Washington Carver is brought to life in this short informative, easy-to-read "Rookie Biography." Young readers learn how he found over 300 uses for the common peanut and encouraged better use of soil by crop rotation. Archival black and white photographs are accompanied by a few in color and most are modestly captioned. An unfortunate choice of some unidentified green plants, rather than using a peanut plant growing, misses the chance to let readers see in color a plant important to Carver, although harvested peanuts are shown. "Words You Know" comprises a picture glossary which reminds readers of some of the highlights of Carver's life, as well. An index is included. 2004, Scholastic/Children's Press, Ages 4 to 8.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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K-Gr 2-These biographies provide brief introductions to these men and their greatest achievements but give little information about their personal lives. For example, there is no discussion of Carver having to overcome prejudice, Roosevelt's offspring are not mentioned, and no reference is made to Edison's two wives or children. Roosevelt refers to but never names World War II and the Great Depression. A black-and-white or full-color photograph or painting appears on every spread. There are no time lines to put events into perspective, and the illustrated "Words You Know" sections basically repeat previously used photos with no further clarifications. These texts don't flow as easily as titles in the "First Biographies" or "Famous People in Transportation" series (both Pebble).-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.