History and biography meet with fantastic illustrations in this narrative that follows the life of George Washington Carver. Following his life as a kidnapped young man who was sold into slavery, to his youth spent studying plants, to where he finally becomes the first black student and faculty member at the university. Learn about the hundreds of new uses he created from plants, and how he helped farmers with the lessons of rotating crops. The historical context of innovation is included, and timelines across the bottom of most pages provide additional insight into the times in which he lived. Ages 8-12. 144 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 144 Vendor: National Geographic Publication Date: 2008
The multitalented hand of Cheryl Harness creates another winning combination of history, biography, and illustration: the inspiring story of a man who rose from slavery to worldwide fame as Americas Plant Doctor.
Follow the action as Confederate raiders kidnap young Carveralong with his mother and siblingsand sell them to Arkansas slaveholders. Here, whooping cough threatens Georges life, yet the disease will be the key to his future. Unable to work in the fields, he spends his days studying plants. His desire for knowledge leads him to the rich farmlands of Iowa, where he becomes the first black studentand later the first black faculty memberat the state university. Carver pioneers hundreds of new uses for plants and revolutionizes American agriculture by teaching farmers the value of rotating cotton with nitrogen-rich crops. Cheryl Harness lively narrative follows Carvers rise to international fame: our hero dines at the White House, works with Henry Ford, and testifies to Congress. The books vivid illustrations are an invitation to step back in time and become an active participant in this compelling story.
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Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of some 35 children’s books, including seven picture book biographies for National Geographic. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America’s historical heroes and heroines. She has won multiple awards and now lives in her historic hometown of Independence, MO. Visit Cheryl Harness at her Web site: www.cherylharness.com
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