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

by Kathleen Krull

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I don’t think the book “The Boy Who Invented TV” was a great book because there seemed to be a discrepancy between the interest level and the reading level. The book uses fairly high level vocabulary and concepts such as, “He devised gadgets to hook up to the generator”, “crude mechanical devices that used whirling disks and mirrors”, and “breaking down images into parallel lines of light, capturing them and transmitting them as electrons, then reassembling them for a viewer”. This type of language is even harder to comprehend because the author and illustrator do not include illustrations that depict these complex objects and ideas. However, the book seems to be more appealing to a younger audience due to the amount of pictures, fairly limited amount of text on pages, and concepts such as being “teased by bullies”. It seems to me that if you gave this book to a younger child, they would not understand it and if you gave it to an older child who could comprehend it, they might not be extremely interested because it looks as if it would be below their reading level. I do like the idea of turning a biography into a children’s picture book but I do not think this author was extremely successful in reaching the intended audience. The main idea of this book is to tell the story of Philo Farnsworth and how he invented television. ( )
  cschne11 | Sep 21, 2014 |
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 |
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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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