Born a slave, he became a leading scientist.
This is the inspiring story of the pioneering African-American teacher, scientist, and artist. Carver is perhaps best known for his scientific work with peanuts and sweet potatoes (and for inventing peanut butter!), but Time magazine also called him the "Black Leonardo" for his painting. Adler tells of Carver's work at the Tuskegee Institute with Booker T. Washington, his hard childhood, and his determination to learn despite many obstacles,
A man of deep faith, Carver worked throughout his life to create scientific discoveries that would improve the lives of Southernersespecially African Americans.
The colorful illustrations show Carver in all stages of his life and give children insight to Carver's world.
For almost thirty years, David Adler’s Picture Book Biography series has profiled famous people who changed the world. Colorful, kid-friendly illustrations combine with Adler’s “expert mixtures of facts and personality” (Booklist) to introduce young readers to history through compelling biographies of presidents, heroes, inventors, explorers, and adventurers. These books are ideal for first and second graders interested in history, or who need reliable sources for school book reports.
About the Author
David A. Adler has written more than a hundred books for children, including his well-known Picture Book Biography series. A former teacher, he lives with his family in New York State. Visit him on the web at www.davidaadler.com.
Dan Brown was born in Syracuse, New York. He studied painting and illustration at the Paier School of Art and currently does illustration for publishing companies and advertising agencies. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an uplifting biography on George Washington Carver. The man came from nothing, and was rejected an education many times, but he never gave up. He became known as the African American "Leonardo Da Vinci", and made many scientific contributions. I liked the message that Carver always tried to spread, that we are all one. He also urged African Americans to believe that they control their future, and they should not blame their skin color on not getting ahead in life. This is an inspiring book. I could use it to during Black History Month, or for a science class.
George Washington Carver's life is portrayed.The book would be useful in talking about Carver and the discoveries he made in agriculture.
This book presents the young life of George Washington Carver with drawings to entice the young reader. It is good to use during read aloud story time, yet be careful of what happens in Fort Scott, you will need to handle this experience in George's life with sensitivity to your young audience. Young readers will learn what George's first exposure to learning included/his first learning experiences, as well as his first elementary school and where it was at. They will also find the answer to these questions: Why did George leave Fort Scott? And what did George learn you could use to help treat polio? George Washington Carver's work can be an inspiration for many young readers.