Steve Jobs: Thinking Differently

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Written especially for a young audience, a must-read biography of Steve Jobs: visionary, entrepreneur, inventor, and cofounder of Apple.

Visionary. Pioneer. Little terror. Entrepreneur. Inventor. College dropout. Creative genius. These are just a few of the words used to describe the late Steve Jobs, cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.
Available in both paperback and hardcover, Patricia Lakin’s biography for ...

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Overview

Written especially for a young audience, a must-read biography of Steve Jobs: visionary, entrepreneur, inventor, and cofounder of Apple.

Visionary. Pioneer. Little terror. Entrepreneur. Inventor. College dropout. Creative genius. These are just a few of the words used to describe the late Steve Jobs, cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.
Available in both paperback and hardcover, Patricia Lakin’s biography for middle-grade readers tells the captivating and inspirational story of the ‘Thomas Edison’ of our time.

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Publishers Weekly
Lakin offers a straightforward profile of the late computer/electronics pioneer and Apple cofounder via quotes and information culled from news articles, speeches, and books, including the recently published adult biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. She follows Jobs’s life along a linear trajectory from a restless but gifted boy through an enlightenment-seeking college dropout to Apple genius, finding parallels between his life and changes in technology and society. She shares accounts of Jobs’s unkempt appearance in the 1970s, when he skipped showers or put his bare feet up on the table at a business meeting. She also describes his outbursts and relentless arguments with employees and investors that ended in his crying jags, as well as a stubborn streak that resulted in Jobs denying key employees stock options and his initial refusal to accept paternity of a daughter born from an early relationship. Though Lakin employs a wealth of interesting facts and anecdotes, the narrative, while accessible, doesn’t do much to bring the subject alive on page. Source notes are included. Ages 8–12. (Feb.)
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"Even reluctant middle-grade readers will devour Patricia Lakin's (the Max & Mo series) biography of Steve Jobs—a fascinating portrait of a kid who breaks nearly every rule and yet rises to astronomical heights."

—Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness

VOYA - Elaine Gass Hirsch
Many people know Steve Jobs as the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple, Inc. This engaging biography presents upper elementary and middle grade readers with a broad and sequential overview of Jobs's life, from his adoption as a newborn to his death at age 56 in 2011. Jobs's loving and supportive parents, boredom with traditional education, passionate interests, consuming drive, and demanding demeanor give a well-rounded introductory account of one of the great innovators of our times. Lakin has written a number of biographies for children, and although this is an interesting and informative read, it would be quite improved with the inclusion of photos and illustrations. The section on the creation and evolution of the Apple logo, for instance, from the original crest with Sir Isaac Newton to the iconic rainbow-colored apple with a bite missing, would have been enhanced with visual representation. Many readers of this age group may never have seen an Apple logo prior to the contemporary monochromatic version. The author's sources are listed by chapter, although an index and recommended further reading would be useful as well. This up-to-date biography is recommended for collections that already have illustrated books on the life of Steve Jobs. Reviewer: Elaine Gass Hirsch
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Standing out from the rush of postmortem profiles, this biography focuses most intently on the entrepreneur and innovator's earliest influences, from his mechanically gifted adoptive father and the electronics enthusiasts who clustered in "Silicon Valley" to his exposure to Zen Buddhism, calligraphy, and the idea that art and engineering are not mutually exclusive pursuits. Lakin goes on to cover Jobs's entire roller-coaster career up to his death last year and ensuing memorial service, and serves up at least mentions of his personal relationships, siblings, and offspring. Though the lack of illustrations or any leads to further information (aside from endnotes on the author's adult-level sources) seriously limit the book's appeal, Lakin's summary of Jobs's formative years, and particularly her absorbing, detailed account of Apple's first heady days, will provide students of his achievements with unusual insight into his values and distinctively brash personality.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442453937
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 191,086
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle-graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.

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