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A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Picture Book Biography) (Picture Book Biographies) Paperback – June 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Picture Book Biographies
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082341633X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823416332
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This read-along picture book biography (Holiday House, 1999) of George Washington Carver by David Adler presents information about his life, including his birth into slavery, education, scientific accomplishments, and death in 1943. Carver's interest in plants began as a child when he had a secret garden. He received a degree in agriculture from Iowa State University and used his interest in plants to help African Americans by finding ways to use sweet potatoes and peanuts to replace the dependence on cotton as a crop in the South. Carver was an educator as well as a researcher, and was head of the agriculture department at Tuskegee Institute. Some vocabulary will need clarification. Dan Brown's watercolor illustrations reflect the pastoral nature of Carver's life. Illustrations depicting a lynching that Carver witnessed and his own kidnapping are painted in dark tones to reflect the evil of the events. The mention of a lynching may be disturbing to young children. Nathan Hinton's expressive, well-paced narration reflects Carver's gentle nature. The story is read with and without page-turn signals. The book also includes a time line of Carver's life and an "Author's Note" about his role in the education of African Americans. Teachers will find this easy-to-read biography appropriate for African-American studies as well as for science units.—Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

The newest entry in Adler's Picture Book Biography series introduces George Washington Carver. Focusing more on Carver's life than his work, the book begins with his birth into slavery on the Carver's farm and does not spare youngsters from hearing that "raiders kidnapped him and his mother and took them to Arkansas," a fact illustrated with a shadowy painting of eight ominous, hooded figures, nor that he once witnessed a lynching: "a mob of white men pulled a black prisoner out of jail, tied him with a rope, and dragged him for five blocks. The prisoner was hanged and later burned." Though the child's father was dead and his mother was never found, Mr. Carver brought George back to the farm, where he and his wife raised George and his brother. Illustrated with attractive watercolor paintings, the book follows Carver's life, his education, and his accomplishments as he worked in scientific research and teaching to understand nature and to make a difference to his people. A useful addition to a long-running series, though the references to vigilante activities indicate a somewhat older audience than Adler's other biographies. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

More About the Author

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. HADNOT on March 16, 2007
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I bought this book for my 7 year old. She picked him for her class project and she needed to read his biography from a book, not from the internet. George Washington Carver was definitely an inspiration to his peers as well as all generations that came after him. My daughter really got into this book! She was fascinated by Mr. Carver because he invented peanut butter. I would recommend all school-age kids to read about Mr. Carver, he is truly a woven part of American history.
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The condition of the book should have been shown as "fair" rather than good". I knew that it was used, but It was "very used"; my granddaughter, for whom it was purchased even commented on the condition of the book. It would have been helpful if their was an explanation of what the terms meant: that is to say excellent means, good means; fair means.
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By walona on February 28, 2013
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book was really good and very short. It had all the information about george washington carver and it summed it all up
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