George Eastman had a new hobby: photography. The year was 1877, and photography was not as easy as you might think. It cost a lot and the equipment was bulky, but George was about to change all that. What he lacked in formal education, George more than made up for in ingenuity: he invented dry plates, film, and the Brownie camera! The rest is history.
For anyone who has ever taken a picture or posed for one, It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph, with its playful, informative text and lively illustrations, is a splendid introduction to biography, to photography, and to the amazing man who had so much to do with putting picture-taking within reach of us all.
About the Author
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monica Kulling is a poet who has published many books for children, including picture books, adaptations of classic novels, and biographies. Known for introducing biography to children who are just learning to read, she has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart, among others. Her book It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph, illustrated by Bill Slavin, was the first in Tundra's Great Idea Series, followed by All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine and In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up. Monica Kulling is also the author of the hilarious Merci Mister Dash! Visit her website at www.monicakulling.ca. The author lives in Toronto, Canada.
Bill Slavin has illustrated over eighty books for children, including The Big Book of Canada by Christopher Moore, The Library Book by Maureen Sawa, It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling. Among his many honors, he has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature. Bill lives near Millbrook, Ontario.
What People are Saying About This
“[This] book will entertain and inform readers . . .This is terrific storytelling.”
— School Library Journal
“. . . a great way to introduce children to the wonders of photography.”
— Shutterbug Magazine
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
George Eastman had to leave school early and get a job to help support his family. He decided he needed a hobby and he chose photography. Cameras were enormously heavy and pictures took a long time to develop and George decided to improve this. He did and history was made.With pictures as clever as those in a child¿s story book and with text as readable as a child¿s story book, this book should easily appeal to children of all ages.`At the stone bridge, George had a brain wave. ¿Bunch together, everyone,¿ he shouted. ¿I¿m going to take your photograph!¿¿How exciting,¿ said the grocer.¿You betcha,¿ said the baker.¿I don¿t know anyone who can take a photograph,¿ said the blacksmith.¿What¿s a photograph?¿ asked the cobbler.¿Children¿s comments:There was some interest among the children for this book. They were interested in learning about the old days of photography. Most of the children rated it a 3, with a couple of 5¿s.
Reason for Reading: I love the author's children's biographies, and this was the last book I still had to read in this series, wanting to catch up before a new one came out.This is a fun picture book told in a storyteller voice. There are no dates or dry facts; instead we have here an entertaining story of a man who was frustrated with how difficult (and expensive!) it was to take just one picture. If he was going to do this as a hobby he really needed to figure out a better way to take pictures, and thus, he starts years of inventing an improvement upon the camera until he eventually comes up with the Kodak instant camera. The tale is told with humour and George's mother is a great "sidekick". It is she who first encourages him to take up a hobby, then to do something about it when he is frustrated with the cameras available to him, but later on as his inventing takes over her kitchen and a large part of George's conversation she humorously gets "fed-up" with it all. Of course, I knew who Eastman was and what he accomplished (and little bit of useless info, I used to work for them.) but this brief children's bio introduced me to the man and what inspired him, information I previously did not know. Children are going to be fascinated with the history of cameras presented here. Slavin's illustrations are as usual wonderful. They are detailed, capture the era, and his character's facial features are comic and lively. Probably my favourite of the series so far.