George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

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by Tonya Bolden, Field Museum, In Association Museum
     
 

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This book reveals what an exceptionally uncommon man George Washington Carver was: trailblazing scholar, innovative scientist, pioneering conservationist, and impassioned educator. It follows his life from slave and orphan to his college days as the first African American to attend Iowa State College (where he later taught), and on to his life and work in the

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This book reveals what an exceptionally uncommon man George Washington Carver was: trailblazing scholar, innovative scientist, pioneering conservationist, and impassioned educator. It follows his life from slave and orphan to his college days as the first African American to attend Iowa State College (where he later taught), and on to his life and work in the field of agriculture. Illustrated with historical artifacts and photographs, the book traces Carver’s life, discoveries, and legacy. Includes an afterword and bibliography.

Awards for George Washington Carver:
Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NYPL Book for the Teen Age
NAPPA Gold Award
IRA Notable
Book for a Global Society
Jefferson Cup
Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-7- Carver was born into slavery and raised by German-American farmers in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, and his humble beginnings could not even hint at the innovative scientist and the passionate educator he would become. Bolden traces the course of his life and reveals how his love of nature, keen intellect, and ingenuity as a problem-solver earned him the name "the Wizard of Tuskegee." His famous research with peanuts represents only a portion of his work; his studies led to the development of hundreds of unexpected products from everyday plants. As a lifelong conservationist, he also pioneered research into the use of vegetables to create fuel. In this richly illustrated picture book, Bolden uses extraordinary historical photos and prints, as well as many reproductions of Carver's own sketches and botanical drawings, to create a well-planned biography that invites readers to peruse. The engaging narrative includes many of Carver's own quotes and sayings. His message, "Regard nature. Revere nature. Respect nature," rings with a truth that is still relevant today. Published in association with Chicago's Field Museum as part of an exhibition, this book includes a comprehensive list of notes and sources but lacks an index or table of contents. It is, however, a wonderful resource that will appeal to young researchers and should be a welcome addition to all biography shelves.-Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Bolden follows up MLK: Journey of a King (2007) with this shorter but equally lucid profile of the second-most-well-known African-American. Outfitted with a great array of sharply reproduced contemporary photos and prints (many in color), plus a generous admixture of Carver's own paintings and botanical illustrations, the narrative takes him from birth (in slavery) to honor-laden old age and death. It focuses particularly on his relentless pursuit of an education, his sense of purpose, his wide range of talents and his ever-more-relevant conviction that all of our basic physical needs can be served by renewable natural resources. Cogently argued, enlivened with unusual details-such as Carver's ambiguous reference to otherwise unknown "sisters," or the fact that he was not the inventor of peanut butter-and handsomely packaged, this floats easily atop the ongoing flood of Carver biographies for young readers. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Chicago's Field Museum. (source list) (Biography. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810993662
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
NC1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Coretta Scott King Honor winner Tonya Bolden has written a number of award-winning books for young readers and adults. She lives in New York City.

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George Washington Carver 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
George Washington Carver learned to read and write in-spite of the rules and regulations of his era. This book is: *Good for young learners. *Has easy to read sentences and adequate pictures to enhance the reading material. *Factual details to explain the life of the "plant doctor." You will also learn of another nickname for George Washington Carver as well as when his name changed and why it was changed. Here is another question you might find interesting, where is the national monument for George Washington Carver located? In this book Tonya Bolden tells you where the monument is located along with many other interesting facts about George Washington Carver.