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The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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"An accessible, admiring portrait." (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
ANDREW LARSEN is a father, homemaker and author. His books include A Squiggly Story, In the Tree House, which won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and See You Next Year, which received wide critical acclaim. Andrew lives in Toronto, Ontario. His local library just happens to be a Carnegie Library.
KATTY MAUREY is a designer and illustrator. She was born in Paris, lived in Hong Kong, and now makes her home in Montréal. She has a degree in graphic design from the Université de Québec à Montréal, and is the illustrator of several other children's books, including Francis the Little Fox and The Specific Ocean.
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The point is, my first, beloved, public library was a Carnegie library, built with funds from the Carnegie foundation. I've always been fascinated by the concept of noblesse oblige which seemed to be expected of the wealthy and powerful in all but the most modern times. The concept is sadly outdated now (with a few exceptions). Andrew Carnegie was the quintessential bootstrap success story, running messages, working his way up through the ranks, investing and becoming hugely wealthy and influential. He gave quite a lot of that wealth back to communities all over the world by endowing over 3,000 libraries along with many other charitable contributions.
This book, by Owlkids Books , is a beautifully illustrated short biography aimed at young readers. The writing style is unforced and not patronizing. The art is lovely and simple and compliments the story very well. The author also doesn't shy away from writing about the inherent dichotomy of funding open and free access to libraries and learning and supporting communities on the one hand, and his anti-worker, profit driven, union breaking activities on the other hand. I enjoyed reading this small book very much and recommend it unreservedly. Delightful book, well written.
I still remember the thousands of hours I spent in 'my' beloved hometown library. I wonder if the librarians knew how much they shaped me and comforted and inspired me? I never really got to tell them, but I thank librarians and teachers often to this day, and it really started with the people in this library.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.
A great introduction for kids to a man who has an enduring legacy in the arenas of arts and education. The story is told in an engaging way, the illustrations are eye-catching, and I’m sure there are many kids who will read this and be inspired to try and emulate Carnegie’s hard work and wise investments. I also like the way it highlights the importance of libraries for the public and knowledge in general. I’ve always admired the way that Carnegie didn’t just build libraries any old place, the town had to commit to investing in it and ensuring that it stayed open and a free public library. It was a great model of getting local buy in for a philanthropic endeavor and you can ask kids how to apply this in their own philanthropic endeavors. You might be surprised by what they come up with. Definitely getting a copy of this book for our elementary library.
I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The story begins when Andrew Carnegie was a boy in Scotland. Andrew's love of learning started early and followed him as his family immigrated to America. He was helped by a man named Colonel Anderson who had a private library that Andrew could use. That love of libraries continued, even after Andrew Carnegie became very rich. He founded a number of libraries with his wealth, along with Carnegie Hall in New York.
The book ends with an essay titled Andrew Carnegie's Legacy. It goes in more depth into Mr. Carnegie's life, and talks about the many things that Andrew Carnegie helped build. His troubled relationship with his employees is also mentioned. The book also includes a list of sources for further reading.
The illustrations look a bit like watercolor and the colors used run toward the pastel shade. They work well for this book. I like non-fiction for children, and this was an interesting book.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Owlkids Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
It is meant to be a children's book, although the reactions of the children (ages 4 - 10) I read this to suggest it might fall short. They expressed disappointment that the illustrations weren't more brightly colored (one actually used the word "boring"), and the older child felt there should have been more to the story.
Personally I was a bit put off by the more detailed biographical information in the appendix in which Mr. Carnegie's exploitation of unionized workers was very briefly (and, one gets the sense, grudgingly) touched upon. I don't understand why this was included. Labor relations isn't really a suitable topic for this book's intended audience and only serves to confuse them.
I might make use of this book in my homeschool classroom only because children's biographies of Andrew Carnegie are scarce and this one is written more or less on the level of a first grader. It wouldn't be very useful for older kids but it serves its purpose as a simple introduction.