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What Makes the Light Bright, Mr. Edison? (Scholastic Science SuperGiants Series)
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What Makes the Light Bright, Mr. Edison? (Scholastic Science SuperGiants Series)

by Melvin Berger, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator), Gilda Berger
 

A fun, informative introduction to the life and times of supreme inventor Thomas Alva Edison.

This combination of biography, history, and science recounts the life of Thomas Alva Edison, from his mid-19th century boyhood, to the establishment of his "invention factory" in Menlo Park, N.J., to his invention of the first electric lightbulb. The innovative question

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A fun, informative introduction to the life and times of supreme inventor Thomas Alva Edison.

This combination of biography, history, and science recounts the life of Thomas Alva Edison, from his mid-19th century boyhood, to the establishment of his "invention factory" in Menlo Park, N.J., to his invention of the first electric lightbulb. The innovative question-and-answer format, mix of photographs and illustrations, and interactive experiments will both captivate and inform young readers.

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Children's Literature - Katie DeWald
The Berger duo illuminates the life and accomplishments of the great inventor Thomas Edison in this book, a part of the "Science SuperGiants" series. Young readers who cannot imagine life without light bulbs will be intrigued by Edison's many inventions and his rise to greatness from meager beginnings. Details about the inventor's childhood and young adulthood will fascinate young children. Readers will be amazed by the sheer volume of Edison's inventions as well as his strenuous work habits. The appealing layout with its mix of illustrations, diagrams, photographs, and other graphics combine with a fascinating fact-filled text to attract young readers. As in other books from the "Science SuperGiants" series, Melvin and Gilda Berger masterfully use questions relevant to the reader as topic headings to interest young readers and to make the content accessible to them. The kid-friendly questions are plainly included in the table of contents, adding to the book's ease of use. Two simple experiments allow readers to gain first-hand experience concerning the workings of a light bulb and the path of electricity in a flashlight. The book also includes information about fluorescent lights and a time line of Thomas Edison's life. This book is a truly valuable resource for a unit about electricity or inventors. Melvin and Gilda Berger have created a dynamic nonfiction title that kids will want to read by combining history, science, and the amazing story of the life of a man with a passion for turning ideas into inventions. Reviewer: Katie DeWald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439833806
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Series:
Scholastic Science Supergiants Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Melvin and Gilda Berger are the authors of more than two hundred books for children. Their books have recieved awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. The Bergers live in New York.

Melvin and Gilda Berger are the authors of more than two hundred books for children. Their books have recieved awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. The Bergers live in New York.

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