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Philo Farnsworth and the Television
     

Philo Farnsworth and the Television

by Ellen Sturm Niz, Keith Tucker (Illustrator)
 

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Tells the story of how Philo Farnsworth came up with the idea for electronic television at age 14, and later developed his idea into the technology for television that is still used today. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Tells the story of how Philo Farnsworth came up with the idea for electronic television at age 14, and later developed his idea into the technology for television that is still used today. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Grabbing the visual learner's attention, Niz is writing for the "Graphic Library," a series, a new graphic novel approach for non-fiction. The book uses a comic book format with brief narrative boxes and short, semi-punchy dialogue in balloons. This book is not a biography but a piece of the inventor's life. In this case, Philo Farnsworth struggles not only to create the television set, but also to then protect his patent from his competitors. Because of the format the text is minimal, even as the story covers a fair number of details. For example, the simple sentence, "Philo also studied science and famous inventors" would be almost a throwaway line, except that the picture shows Philo, not in a library but in his family's barn in Idaho, studying while stretched out on the hay. The young boy has a bubble thought: "I'll bet you could do just about anything with electricity." The illustrations are good, accurately showing snapshot-like images of the appropriate time period. They are not as exciting as, say, Spiderman, but they move the reader through the story. The vocabulary is not simple, but there are so few words and so many pictures that this works as a high-low book. Back matter includes a "Glossary," a "Read More" section, a "Bibliography," an "Index," and a list of "Internet Sites." The sites are maintained on Capstone's Facthound Site, where URLs are checked to make sure they are both age appropriate and current.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736864879
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Monsters Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.22(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
GN560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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