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A Picture Book of George Washington Carver

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George Washington Carver was born a slave. He wanted to devote his life to helping other members of his race, so he joined Booker T. Washington on the teaching staff at the newly founded, all-black Tuskegee University, where he earned his Master's Degree. A selfless, altruistic man, he worked tirelessly to improve the economy and way of life for his people.

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George Washington Carver was born a slave. He wanted to devote his life to helping other members of his race, so he joined Booker T. Washington on the teaching staff at the newly founded, all-black Tuskegee University, where he earned his Master's Degree. A selfless, altruistic man, he worked tirelessly to improve the economy and way of life for his people.

A brief biography of the African American scientist who overcame tremendous hardship to make unusual and important discoveries in the field of agriculture.

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PreS-Gr 2

This read-along picture book biography (Holiday House, 1999) of George Washington Carver by David Adler presents information about his life, including his birth into slavery, education, scientific accomplishments, and death in 1943. Carver's interest in plants began as a child when he had a secret garden. He received a degree in agriculture from Iowa State University and used his interest in plants to help African Americans by finding ways to use sweet potatoes and peanuts to replace the dependence on cotton as a crop in the South. Carver was an educator as well as a researcher, and was head of the agriculture department at Tuskegee Institute. Some vocabulary will need clarification. Dan Brown's watercolor illustrations reflect the pastoral nature of Carver's life. Illustrations depicting a lynching that Carver witnessed and his own kidnapping are painted in dark tones to reflect the evil of the events. The mention of a lynching may be disturbing to young children. Nathan Hinton's expressive, well-paced narration reflects Carver's gentle nature. The story is read with and without page-turn signals. The book also includes a time line of Carver's life and an "Author's Note" about his role in the education of African Americans. Teachers will find this easy-to-read biography appropriate for African-American studies as well as for science units.-Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

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Gr 2-4-An easy-to-read biography that is well suited for reading aloud or for use by children needing material for social studies or science. The text contains quotes from Carver, which add to the presentation. Adler begins with Carver's birth near the end of the Civil War and ends with his death in 1943. Youngsters will learn important facts about slavery and racial prejudice as well as the botanist's significant contributions. The colorful illustrations complement the simple, but informative text to give children a solid introduction to one of America's most important scientists. A concluding note discusses the peanut tariff of 1921 and Carver's attitude toward racial problems.-Susan Knell, Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, KS Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823416332
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Picture Book Biography Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 406,276
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.53 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    Pictures of a Plant Professor.

    This book presents the young life of George Washington Carver with drawings to entice the young reader. It is good to use during read aloud story time, yet be careful of what happens in Fort Scott, you will need to handle this experience in George's life with sensitivity to your young audience. Young readers will learn what George's first exposure to learning included/his first learning experiences, as well as his first elementary school and where it was at. They will also find the answer to these questions: Why did George leave Fort Scott? And what did George learn you could use to help treat polio? George Washington Carver's work can be an inspiration for many young readers.

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