A biography highlighting the accomplishments of Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, electric light bulb, and many other devices.
Children's LiteratureThis biography of Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) describes Edison's childhood, married life and his accomplishments as an inventor and electrical engineer. Edison started working at the age of 16 as a telegraph operator. Then, in 1868, he obtained his first patent, which was for an electric vote recorder. Besides the phonograph and the electric light bulb, Edison held patents for more than 1,000 inventions. The biography also notes some of Edison's difficulties, such as his hearing problems. Describing Edison's personality, Raatma offers some great quotes from Edison, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." This 32-page biography is one of the more than 20 books in the series, "Compass Point Early Biographies." Each book in the series, which is designed for young children, provides an introduction to the life of an important individual. The books have strong visual appeal because of illustrations, engravings and photographs. In the Edison biography, there is a particularly interesting reprint of one of the earliest advertisements for the phonograph. Each book in the series concludes with a glossary, a timeline of key events in the person's life, and a "Did You Know?" section that features unusual and fun facts. Four resource sections are also included: "At the Library," "On the Web," "Through the Mail," and "On the Road." 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 4 to 8.
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