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Young Thomas Edison
     

Young Thomas Edison

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by Sterling North
 

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Unable to hear, Thomas Edison seemed unlikely to become one of America's greatest inventors, but as a hardworking young man, he wasn't about to let a minor obstacle stop him. He invented the phonograph, the incandescent lightbulb, and motion pictures, to name but three of his many important inventions. Eventually he was named ?the greatest living American.? Follow

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Unable to hear, Thomas Edison seemed unlikely to become one of America's greatest inventors, but as a hardworking young man, he wasn't about to let a minor obstacle stop him. He invented the phonograph, the incandescent lightbulb, and motion pictures, to name but three of his many important inventions. Eventually he was named ?the greatest living American.? Follow Thomas Edison's life from losing his sense of hearing to losing his hard-earned fortune, in this intriguing biography by Newbery Honor author Sterling North.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This re-issued, engaging biography follows Thomas Edison's amazing life and career. North greatly admires Edison. While some of the details of the stories could be questioned (North quotes what Edison's classmates said about him, a highly questionable device), the standard for biographies was different in 1958 when this was originally published. Despite these problems, this story of Edison is wonderful and accessible. North often lets go of the objective observer role to foreshadow subsequent events in Edison's life. For example, while still living in Ohio, young Edison often made a nuisance of himself. North points out how wrong the neighbors were about him. "What could one say for the intelligence of a boy who insisted that wood and iron should be able to ‘talk'? How could these scornful neighbors know that eventually Thomas Alva Edison would make wood, iron, and wax not only talk, but sing whole operas and play whole symphonies?" North emphasizes that Edison's genius was both innate and hard won. He studied all the time. He took household objects and tools apart. He read extensively. He did experiments that often went wrong. He learned and kept going. While the rest of us may not have Edison's brains, we could imitate his perseverance. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101022313
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,103,403
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)
File size:
287 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Sterling North (1906-1974) was awarded a Newbery Honor for the autobiographical Rascal.

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