The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth


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An inspiring true story of a boy genius.

Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image. This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The author’s afterword discusses the lawsuit Farnsworth waged and won against RCA when his high school science teacher testified that Philo’s invention of television was years before RCA’s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385755573
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 80,590
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Krull is the author of a number of highly praised picture-book biographies. She lives in San Diego, California.

Greg Couch is the illustrator of Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson and many other picture books. He lives in Nyack, New York.

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The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
rlanten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of Philo T. Farnsworth and his journey to inventing the television. We see Farnsworth as a teenager plowing the potato field when he gets the idea that he can capture the pictures that fly through the air and transmit them as electrons. They can then be reassembled fast enough that it will trick the viewer¿s eyes into seeing a complete picture. He later succeeded in inventing the first working television but the electronics company Radio Corporation of America (RCA) ignored his patent and claimed the Television as their own.This book was alright. I think the story was very interesting, I had never heard of Philo Farnsworth before so I would want to do additional research to make sure the story is accurate before using it in a classroom.1. Could be used in a unit on American inventors.2. This would be a good book to use as a writing prompt. Could have the students write as if they were the inventor and someone was trying to take their idea.
kzrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a great biography for any child to read. Who wouldn¿t want to know about the person who invented the TV? They would also learn that inventions are sometime said to be made first by the wrong person. This would be a great topic to discuss in class because it happens all the time.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In an inspirational accounting of what a young man can accomplish when he sets his mind, Kathleen Krull tells the story of Philo Farnsworth, the little-known inventor of television, in a factual and chronological story. Using only sparse and actual dialogue, "I have to tell you, there is another woman in my life - and her name is Television," she offers a compelling biography. Born in a log cabin in 1906, in a town without electricity, the story of Philo Farnsworth is both inspiring and informative. He achieved his goal, but his fame and recognition was usurped by the corporate giant, RCA. Only through the efforts of his wife is he now rightly remembered for his invention. The acrylic, pencil and dry brush illustrations are accompanied by Photoshopped images from schematic drawings, newspapers, and the venerable Sears-Roebuck catalog of the time, and accurately portray a period mood. Recommended for 9 and up.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting biography on someone I had never heard of. It told a good story that will enlighten readers of any age.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Philo Farnsworth, a boy who loved science and anything mechanical. His father shared and encouraged his interests. He was told of famous inventors and their inventions. He knew about something called a television that was in the works. One day, when he was thinking of rows of dirt that were plowed, the idea that had scientists baffled came to him. He solved the last piece of the puzzle when it came to television.Before this book, I had never heard of Philo Farnsworth. I think that it is important that we inform students about the boy who made such a huge impact in everyone's lifes. For the classroom, I would have students imagine what life would be life without television. What other things that are possible now would be impossible if it wasn't for the invention of the television.
Robinsbooks7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because; it talks about how some children may have problems at school with bullies when they are into science. In the book they talk about how Philo dealt with bullies as a child and how he became famous as a young man for his invention. This gives those kids who are into science hope that they too could become famous for their ideas and I wonder questions. I also like all the antique TVs on inside of the covers. When I read this book to the children I could show them the old tvs, and give them a short lesson on progress. The artwork is lovely to.
ottesd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since Philo Farnsworth is from Idaho, just north of Utah, this is a most interesting story of a young boy who had a genius mind far ahead of his time. BYU produced a segment in their "LDS Lives" series about Philo and his journey. Most interesting.
spaztastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5P. No RC. The story itself is told primarily through words. The illustrations serve to...(wait for it) illustrate...the events of Philo Farnsworth's life and are not crucial for understanding what's going on. The art is colorful and fun, but a bit on the fuzzy side (what I imagine TV images back in ye olden days must have been like). Gr. 3 and up.
gvandevel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book describes and tells you about a small boy, being interested and later he sees the newspaper that says stuff about television. The boy is interested so he starts to try building it himself while the scientist are also trying to. He quit college because his father died.