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

by Kathleen Krull

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Philo Farnsworth started out as a farm boy in Utah. He was fascinated with machines and mechanics. He had a naturally inquisitive brain and this is what drove him to inventing the very first television.
  psuchilit14 | Mar 16, 2014 |
This is a good informational book the illustrations went great with the story. The story was well written for children and was not to much information to take in. This would be a great book to use science class, could do an activity about electricity and how televisions work.
  krbarton | Mar 15, 2014 |
A fun look at the some history behind the inventor of the television. Was it really invented by a little boy? Was there really a time before T.V.? A great read full of interesting facts.
  gradschool14 | Feb 4, 2014 |
This is a informational/nonfiction text. I personally got bored. I would't recomment it because of the way it's written. There's nothing too interesting that they share in the book.
  khanai | Dec 9, 2013 |
I was not the biggest fan of this book, although it does tell a good story and this teaches a great lesson to our kids that you can do whatever you set your mind to no matter who you are and how old you are. I think it was quite wordy and not what I had expected it to be. It would be better for older grades like 5th grade because younger kids would get bored and somewhat lost in all the text. The pictures were nice, but with such an inspirational story I wanted something brighter and uplifting.
  jzerba | Mar 17, 2013 |
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While rich in imagery the reason I might introduce this to a classroom might be as an introduction to a science unit or even to an art unit - as you never know where an invention or inspriation might come from. The idea being to challenge children to challenge themselves - to wach for these unanswered qusestions in life and to use all methods of knowledge gathering in order to help come up with answers.
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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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