Steve Jobs

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—This worshipful entry in the series gives the late, great entrepreneur's career a once-over so shallow that it never even mentions his birth parents, his formative sojourn to India, or Apple's iCloud. Focusing less on Jobs's personal life than on his public triumphs, the author points approvingly to his subject's often abrasive intensity, his maniacal fussiness about details, and his brilliant business strategy of turning Apple into a brand as keys to his string of uncommon successes. Notable associates, such as Steve Wozniak and Apple's design guru Jonathan Ive, do receive nods for their contributions, and Jobs's less-than-stellar experience with his NeXT start-up also gets brief attention. Ending with a simplistic recipe for entrepreneurial excellence (have a better idea, take chances, keep going), this mix of small color photos interspersed with sound-bite quotes and well-separated paragraphs of short-sentenced narrative is capped with a multimedia resource list and suggested research topics. It offers standard assignment information but little beyond the news of Jobs's demise that can't be drawn from older biographies, or in more specific detail in Karen Blumenthal's perceptive Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different (Feiwel & Friends, 2012).—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
Part of the series "Titans of Business," this could be a good introduction for kids fascinated by the figure of Steve Jobs. This is not so much a biography as a how-to for being in business and an entrepreneurial genius. All you need are some ideas no one else has ever tried and the nerve to put everything on the line several times. Along the way, you made need some important people to take a chance on you. This is not to discount Jobs' accomplishments or the author's account of them. Jobs was amazing and the world would be very different had he not existed, and it's important that kids learn about this. The approach was a little dry and artificially segmented, but the book does capture some of the excitement of Jobs' life. The reader is left wishing Jobs had lived longer and developed more ideas. The numerous photos, table of contents, index, glossary, and find-out-more section make this a good reference and place to start learning about Jobs. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432964351
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Titans of Business Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

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    An excellent biography of Steve Jobs for the young reader

    Steve Jobs – his name is synonymous with the birth of the personal computer and with everything “i” –iphone, ipod, ipad, etc. In this new biography, the reader will learn about the man and the amazing things he achieved in his short life. Steve Jobs was born in 1955 and adopted as an infant by loving parents who had little money. His father liked to fix old cars but Steve didn’t enjoy getting his hands dirty. In elementary school, his teachers noted that he was bright but not motivated. His grades suffered and he even had one teacher who tried paying him to get him to finish his schoolwork. It wasn’t until a neighbor introduced the young man to electronics that he truly found something that interested him. Steve met a fellow student who also loved electronics, Stephen Wozniak, and together with a few other friends, they built things and experimented with electronics in their parents’ garages. It was through this experimentation that Apple Computer was eventually born. This new biography covers the early life of Jobs’ as well as his rise as a giant of the personal computer industry. The young reader will learn why Apple was so unique and why Jobs left the company he founded … and came back. It covers other achievements such as the founding and growth of Pixar Studios and the flop of NeXT. There is also a chapter on “How to be an Entrepreneur” for the young, fledgling entrepreneur, a glossary, index, and “find out more” section. Steve Jobs is an interesting, easy-to-read biography that doesn’t get bogged down in minutia. It includes numerous quotes, from Jobs and from others. The computer whiz had a reputation for being difficult to work with and the author doesn’t sugar-coat this aspect (although he doesn’t dwell on it either). There are some great pictures to accompany the text, plenty include Jobs and some will bring back long-forgotten memories for those “who were there” (Pong anybody?). Along the way, there are snippets included on what it takes to be an entrepreneur – raising money, building a business, etc. The author is to be commended for pointing out that to be an entrepreneur and really make a difference, a person might fail from time to time. He points out some of Jobs’ flops and notes that he never gave up. Quill says: An excellent biography of Steve Jobs for the young reader that gives a good overview of the man, the myth, and the history of the personal computer.

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