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George Washington Carver: Man's Slave Becomes God's Scientist (Sower Series) Paperback – June 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Sower Series
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Mott Media; 2nd edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091513490X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915134908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sheltonite on November 27, 2001
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I bought this as a gift for my niece last Christmas. It was admittedly an attempt to expose her to other cultures and achievements. The best compliment was paid as she described the book to her teacher, who asked that she bring this in to read it to the class. I read this and its a good explanation of a brilliant man who thrived in his time. A good read for kids of any background.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Three Woods VINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
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Having worked in education as a Librarian for so long, I have come to expect my students to complain when a Biography is assigned for their book report. My son, despite being an avid reader, falls into that same category when it comes to book reports. So, when I came across this Biography told in first person, I decided to purchase it for him to try and avoid the "fight" of making him read and write down what he has learned. Thankfully, I succeeded in finding the perfect story for him. He quickly finished the book in one day and entertained my husband and I with stories about George Washington Carver. Reading the book for myself, I was pleased to find that it didn't gloss over George Washington Carver's life, but took my son in-depth on what made George Washington Carver the person he was and how he contributed to society. The harshness of slavery and the sadness of segregation was discussed from the viewpoint of a person who experienced it first-hand. Instead of being a stated fact, it became a story gloriously woven to open the eyes of my son to the realities of the past. My son was led through George Washington Carvers childhood, successes, failures, accomplishments, education and finally his death and final words. The book now sits in my library happily entertaining the rest of my students when they check it out for their biography book reports.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Boyd on February 22, 2008
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Great book, I highly recommend adults read with youth and discuss. I thought the ideas contained in this book were very positive and overall very appropriate for motivating young minds. I look forward to reading more from the author and sharing it with the youth that I come in contact with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 7, 2011
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This is an amazing book about a nature-loving child who becomes an amazing scientist. He never gave credit to himself, for he knew that without God's help he could never have come up with the thousands of different cosmetics, paints, foods, etc. that he made from the sweet potato and peanut. As a black person, not only did he have to prove to people that the peanut would be even better to grow than 'King Cotton', he also had to overcome the racial barriers that existed when he wanted to go to college, and later in his life. If you are looking for a book about George Washington Carver that isn't too hard for a young kid to read and is fun and informative, this is the one! I and my sister really liked it, and we are ages 11 and 9. It is really well written, and very interesting. I loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clinton Douglas on May 8, 2009
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I have always enjoyed the stories about him. He is a man of great faith! I will emulate him as he has showed me the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom on June 1, 2010
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What a great book! Appreciate the perspective of this man who chose to give God glory for his discoveries and in spite of his accomplishments kept a humble attitude and was content, generous and wise. What a rare example for all of us in these days! Though he did experience discrimination because of his color he didn't have a bitterness of heart that tainted him. Refreshing message of a man who was free not only from physical slavery but from the slavery we cling to ourselves if we walk in unforgiveness. His color was never a major theme in the book but it was this fact that broke out of the persecution complex mold so wonderfully. Simple and powerful book, I appreciate it as an adult yet written in interesting story so that it holds the interest of younger readers. If read WITH your child, what a great opportunity to discuss some of the victories he saw and the contentment so rare among other things. He is a true hero!!

I did buy used and in spite of the label "very good condition" it had a loose binding with some pages coming out. For a book I want to share, next time I will buy new. And I may buy another...
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This book is both thrilling and inspiring. The character of the man comes shining through in the toughest of circumstances. Here you have a black boy befriended by white folks and yet suffering the bias of others who believe black people are beneath them. Carver is not only intelligent and wise, he is highly gifted. He surprised people. He lifted a state from poverty and made strong students out of immature and lazy youth. that is only the beginning of what this man did in his lifetime. Written for children in mind, it would be good for parents to read it to theirs. The Bible was his greatest teacher and God His dearest friend.
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It is wonderful when a child you love shows an interest in science. I decided to look for scientist my grandson could relate to and this book looked like a good match. It is best suited to children that understand and read at a 3rd grade level or higher. I am pleased with the content after reading it myself and will save it for my grandson until he is ready. I particularly liked that George Washington Carver was a child with a firm faith in God , a resilent spirit , and desire to learn and contribute .
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