Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb

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Tells the story of Thomas Edison's involvement in the development of the incandescent light bulb. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Overview

Tells the story of Thomas Edison's involvement in the development of the incandescent light bulb. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Grabbing the visual learner's attention, Welvaert is writing for the "Graphic Library," a series, a new graphic novel approach for nonfiction. The book uses a comic book format with brief narrative boxes and short, semi-punchy dialogue in balloons. This book is not a biography but a piece of the inventor's life. In this case, Thomas Edison joins others in the race to create a working light bulb. Because of the format, the text is minimal even as the story covers a fair number of details. For example, a narrative box explains, "Edison sent people across the world to find materials for his filaments." The pictures with this brief statement show a desert scene with cowboys examining a plant, and a tropical scene where explorers are looking at bamboo. The illustrations are good, accurately showing snapshot-like images of the appropriate time period. They are not as exciting as, say, Spiderman, but they move the reader through the story. The vocabulary is not simple, but there are so few words and so many pictures that this works as a high-low book. Back matter includes a "Glossary," a "Read More" section, a "Bibliography," an "Index," and a list of "Internet Sites." The sites are maintained on Capstone's Facthound Site, where URLs are checked to make sure they are both age appropriate and current.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736864893
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Monsters Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott R. Welvaert lives in Chaska, Minnesota, with his wife and two daughters. He has written many children's books. Most recently, he has written about Helen Keller, the Donner Party, and Thomas Edison. Scott enjoys reading and writing poetry and stories. He also enjoys playing video games and watching the Star Wars movies with his children.
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