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Children's LiteratureAs part of the "Rookie Biography" series, this book profiles the great inventor, Thomas Alva Edison. Known as the "Wizard of Menlo Park," Edison was responsible for over 1000 inventions during his lifetime. Children with an interest in science and, in particular, inventing may be drawn to learning about the major events in Edison's life. The text is clearly-written and there are many attractive photographs to add interest. A new reader may find it inspiring to learn about someone with such ingenuity and curiosity and it may even spark their own desire to explore new things as well. My only criticism is that the subject matter is rather mature for the age group this book targets. Most children who would either have an interest in reading a biography or need to research Edison would be in the higher grades of primary school but the text and design of this book seem directed at pre-schoolers and very early readers. While the author does refrain from too much detail and only touches on the important aspects of Edison's life, I am not sure a child of 4 or 5 would find this book as interesting as other offerings for their age group. 2004, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 4 to 7.