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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

by Chris Barton

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As shown on the energetic cover illustration, from boyhood to manhood, Lonnie Johnson was interested in building things. Blueprint endpapers invite readers into this picture book biography that will inspire fellow tinkerers and future inventors. Raised in Mobile, Alabama, he was encouraged by his parents but discouraged when an exam said he wouldn’t be a good engineer. Fortunately, he ignored the prognostication, went on to earn a degree at Tuskegee and impressively became the NASA engineer who figured out how to maintain the power supply to send an orbiter and probe to Jupiter. In problem-solving an environment-friendly cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, his experiments led him to invent a super-soaking water gun. Although marketing his invention to toy companies was not an easy path, Lonnie was persistent. He’s still in his workshop today, inventing and solving. A teacher can share this book and explore the character traits that led Lonnie Johnson to success. ( )
  pataustin | Jan 22, 2017 |
R.L. 4.9 AR 4.7 Lexile 820
  kc32016 | Jan 17, 2017 |
Great, contemporary picture book biography, about someone who is living now and still inventing!! ( )
  melodyreads | Jan 6, 2017 |
Read for dropbox assignment, submitted on October 2. ( )
  madelire | Dec 4, 2016 |
A short picture book biography of the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun.
  Jackie.Spencer | Jun 29, 2016 |
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