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A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison

by David A. Adler

Other authors: Alexandra Wallner (Illustrator), John Wallner (Illustrator)

Series: Picture Book Biographies

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An introduction to the genius with a curious mind who loved to experiment and who invented the phonograph, light bulb, movie camera, and numerous other items.

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This book was definitely one of my favorites! I comprehend books, however I really like when books have pictures for me to look at while I am reading. The pictures help me imagine what is happening and get a better understand of the book. This book had great detailed images on every single page. I enjoyed reading the pages and then examining the images to see what the book was saying and how life was for Thomas Edison. Definitely recommend this book! ( )
  jlcrews | Oct 16, 2019 |
Thomas Edison grew up on a farm and very curious child. He always asked his parents questions they didn't have answers for then didn't understand why they didn't know. He loved to conduct experiments and ended up burning his father's barn down. As a child he was always sick and that could be why he became deaf later. In school was was restless and his teacher didn't think he was able to learn his lessons. His mother ended up home schooling his for a time period. Later in New York City he and a friend made electrical devices for telegraphy. Then working for himself, he invented a machine to send out minute by minute information on the price of stocks. When Alexander Bell invented the telephone, Edison and his staff improved it. He invented the light bulb in 1879. Without Edison's numerous inventions, I'm not sure where the world would be today. ( )
  ekorominas | Jan 24, 2019 |
This book tells the story of the life of Thomas Alva Edison. The book includes beautiful illustrations of childlike paints, with great detail but pale coloring. The story starts with Thomas being born in Ohio on February 11, 1847. His father owned a mill, so Thomas has many places to preform experiments, and even set a huge fire that his father had to put out. The author tells of Thomas' desire to experiment, and learn by asking many questions. It tells of his many jobs, and how he slowly graduated up the chain of command until he went to work by himself. He was a great inventor who ended his career with 1,093 patents, which is more than any other inventor. He even received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his many contributions. This book was very easy to read and would keep a students attention very well with it's simple words, interesting story, and pretty pictures that go along with the story. ( )
  jnoone | Jan 24, 2019 |
This is a book based on the life and major accomplishments of Thomas Edison. We all know Edison as the inventor of the lightbulb, but the book informs us of the multitude of inventions created by Edison. He received a job offer from the father of a child he saved as a telegraph operator which started him down the path to create many inventions. Through his life time he created the quadruplex, the storage battery used in electric cars and submarines, a cement mixer, and a copying machine, as well as improving many other inventions that were not his own idea. He was issued 1,093 patents, more than any other inventors, and won many awards. Edison died at the age of 84 due to health issues. Edison was an innovator, and I learned many more facts about him from this biography. ( )
  kgautier | Oct 24, 2018 |
David Adler's picture books are easy to read and fun to follow along with. This book follows Thomas Edison's life. Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. As a child, Thomas was very curious and often questioned his parents. If they didn't know an answer, he'd ask them why they didn't know! Thomas loved to experiment--which would pay off later in life. He was also a sickly child; he had scarlett fever and had many colds. He went from school to school because one of his teachers told his mother that he simply could not learn, but then became one of the world's greatest inventors. We learn that that Thomas worked as a telegraph operator in Canada, invented the carbon telephone transmitter, first phonograph, electric lightbulb, and a motion picture camera! For a child that can't learn, that's pretty amazing! ( )
  tmahlie | Feb 3, 2018 |
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