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A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison (Picture Book Biographies) Hardcover – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Book Biographies
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823412466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823412464
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,341,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-In this latest entry in a well-known series, Adler recycles material from Thomas Alva Edison (Holiday, 1990). This greatly simplified and shortened biography does not afford much insight into Edison's character, but focuses on the highlights of the man's life and career achievements. By depicting well-chosen incidents, Adler and the Wallners provide interesting glimpses of an inquisitive youth who grew into a hard-working visionary. An adequate introduction with appeal for reluctant readers and very young listeners.
Marilyn Taniguchi, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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[SERIES LAST REVIEWED IN BKL Je 1 91, under Adler, David A. Ages 5^-8.]

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I write both fiction and non-fiction. I begin my fiction with the main character. The story comes later. Of course, since I'll be spending a lot of time with each main character, why not have him or her be someone I like? Andy Russell is based, loosely, on a beloved member of my family. He's fun to write about and the boy who inspired the character is even more fun to know. Cam Jansen is based even more loosely on a classmate of mine in the first grade whom we all envied because we thought he had a photographic memory. Now, especially when my children remind me of some promise they said I made, I really envy Cam's amazing memory. I have really enjoyed writing about Cam Jansen and her many adventures. For my books of non-fiction I write about subjects I find fascinating. My first biography was Our Golda: The Life of Golda Meir. To research that book, I bought a 1905 set of encyclopedia. Those books told me what each of the places Golda Meir lived in were like when she lived there. I've written many other biographies, including books about Martin Luther King, Jr; George Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Helen Keller; Harriet Tubman; Anne Frank; and many others in my Picture Book Biography series. I've been a Yankee and a Lou Gehrig fan for decades so I wrote Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. It's more the story of his great courage than his baseball playing. Children face all sorts of challenges and it's my hope that some will be inspired by the courage of Lou Gehrig. I am working now on another book about a courageous man, Janusz Korczak. My book One Yellow Daffodil is fiction, too, but it's based on scores of interviews I did with Holocaust survivors for my books We Remember the Holocaust, Child of the Warsaw Ghetto, The Number on My Grandfather's Arm, and Hiding from the Nazis. The stories I heard were compelling. One Yellow Daffodil is both a look to the past and to the future, and expresses my belief in the great spirit and strength of our children. I love math and was a math teacher for many years, so it was fun for me to write several math books including Fraction Fun, Calculator Riddles, and Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and Other Polygons. In my office I have this sign, "Don't Think. Just Write!" and that's how I work. I try not to worry about each word, even each sentence or paragraph. For me stories evolve. Writing is a process. I rewrite each sentence, each manuscript, many times. And I work with my editors. I look forward to their suggestions, their help in the almost endless rewrite process. Well, it's time to get back to dreaming, and to writing, my dream of a job. David A. Adler is the author of more than 175 children's books, including the Young Cam Jansen series. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Have you ever needed a short and sweet biography for younger students yet could only find books for independent readers? Adler has solved the problem. This book is a wonderful introduction for K-3 graders who need information but cant handle those lengthy chapter books. Abundantly illustrated to keep little eyes busy while listening to the story. Loaded with biographical information and includes a timeline of important dates. Other titles in the series include; Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, Christopher Colombus, George Washington, Martin Luter King Jr. and others.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 5-year-old nephew, and already I can hear him laughing at the illustrations of Edison sitting on goose eggs in his father's barn, causing a chemical fire in a baggage car, and courting teacherly reprisals for his apprarent boredom in a conventional classroom. These all-too-human mishaps from the great inventor's life mix well and bring interest to the charmingly illustrated discussion of his accomplishments: lighting up New York City, inventing the phonograph, inventing the first movie camera and making the first movies with a story. More than just providing a laundry list of his accomplishments, though, this little book explains in simple terms how he worked his way up to owning his own laboratories in Menlo Park, first as a candy butcher turned telegrapher, and finally coming into some money with his invention of the stock ticker. Thomas Edison's accomplishments are something to admire, and I'm definitely happy to start my nephew off learning about him with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Gehlhausen on May 17, 2010
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This book is very well researched and written in "kid language." Great resource for teachers to keep on hand. I did a multi-subject unit on Thomas Edison, and this was definitely included on the resource list!! Would recommend!
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Bought this for my 6 yr old grandson who loves science. He's really been enjoying it and can't wait to visit his laboratories this fall.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick W. O'Hara on January 30, 2002
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This is a fun book that should help your youngster develop an interest in American History. It is easy to read an has great illustratiions. You will not be disappointed with this purchase. Look for others by the same author.
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