A Pocketful of Goobers: A Story about George Washington Carver

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ea. vol: (Creative Minds Series). CIP. Carolrhoda. May 1986. PLB $8.95. Gr 3-6 Four biographies that are compact and well written. All of the books employ an upbeat style of writing combined with occasional humor. While each of the subjects came from environments which emphasized concerns other than those which eventually became their personal missions, children are shown the connection between early interests and preoccupations and later achievements. Matzeliger and Carver are depicted in situations indicative of the racial intolerance of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Mitchell shows young readers the inequities of racial prejudice and portrays vividly the courage that these men displayed in the pursuit of their work. The biographies have a good sense of setting and contain much factual information. Dialogue does appear in all four stories, but it does not detract from credibility and is not used to excess. Of the four biographies, readers may find the one about Matzeliger, inventor of the shoe-lasting machine, to be the most enlightening, since far less has been written about him, and consequently, less is known of him than of the other three men. Black-and-white illustrations complement and enhance the texts. Karen P. Smith, Yonkers Board of Education, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876144749
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Creative Minds Biographies Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Glorious Goobers.

    A favorable review: a great pleasure to read.
    Where did the word goober come from? What is the meaning of goober? Who are Moses & Susan? And why are they important to George? Who are Mariah & Andrew Watkins? Where do they live and why is that important? Where do Christopher & Lucy Seymour live? What types of work did George do to pay for his education? What happened at Highland University? How did it make George feel? Once you read about it, how does it make you feel? In 1919 the United Peanut Association of America was formed after what event? These and many other questions are answered for the reader in this 64 page chapter book. Also, you will learn what "chemurgy" means. Fascinating and detailed facts are presented to the reader in an easy-to-read and understand language. Here is a sample from page 35 of the book: "For crop rotation," Professor Carver explained. "Our soil needs a rest. And." he added, "we are going to plant goobers." The charcoal illustrations are good for young readers. This book would be great for your personal library; it is factual and educational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Gorge Washington Carver

    I think this book is outstanding!!!!!!

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