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The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth (2009)

by Kathleen Krull

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This book tell the story of the young boy who actually invented the television and of its development. It's a story of growth, invention, struggle, and triumph. The book allows readers to grow and come up with new ideas with Philo by including different stages of his plan. It encourages not only a love for science, but also new ideas and determination. It's a great read for younger audiences because it showcases how dreams can become realities and how unlikely people can grow up to be greats. ( )
  tmoore3 | Jan 25, 2016 |
I thought this was a great non-fiction read and could be used with a range of different ages. It would be a really interesting read for a social studies class with 4-6th graders and would also be interesting to use with a study on inventors. ( )
  Atroesch | Dec 7, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading about the man who invented the television in a narrative and story-like manner. Although the book was comprised of many facts that potentially could bore some readers, the author successfully masked the lengthy facts under a story quilt. For example, the author incorporates the explanation of the functions of a precision welder and Image Dissector as she describes the lifestyles of Philo, the inventor of TV, and his wife. I also appreciated how the author thoroughly described life before television prior to beginning Philo Farnsworth’s journey of inventing the television. For instance, in order to paint a picture of what life was like before Philo, the author explains that there were “No refrigerators, no cars, few phones, hardly any indoor bathrooms.” ( )
  Amy_Ko | Dec 2, 2015 |
This biography was about Philo Farnsworth. This book was very interesting, as I did not know who Philo Farnsworth was! It discussed his life and his passion for science and his invention of the TV. The information was informative and also mentions how a TV actually works which was very interesting from my perspective. The illustrations were very detailed. I think kids would like this book because it discusses something that they are familiar with, Television! ( )
  sottallah | Apr 26, 2015 |
This was a beautifully illustrated and informative biography of Philo Farnsworth. I had never heard of Philo before and was amazed to learn his story and how enthusiastic he was about inventing and the "how" and "why" of things workings. It is sad that RCA cheated him out of recognition for his accomplishment, I love how it actually explained a bit how TV actually works. This would be a great book for the student with that driving interest in science. To let them know that, even at a young age, they are capable of accomplishing great things. There are teenagers developing apps and selling them for millions of dollars. STEM is where it's at. If you have a passion for it, pursue it!
Reading Level: 5.5 Interest Level: K-3 ( )
  TaraKennedy | Apr 12, 2015 |
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This book is about young farm boy from Idaho who in the 1920 came up with the scientific invention of TV.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375845615, Hardcover)

An inspiring true story of a boy genius.

Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image. This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The author’s afterword discusses the lawsuit Farnsworth waged and won against RCA when his high school science teacher testified that Philo’s invention of television was years before RCA’s.

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This picture-book biography explains how Farnsworth held on to his dream to develop television and the scientific concepts behind it.

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