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A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood and Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison

HMH Books for Young Readers / 2010 / Hardcover

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Thomas Edison always loved learning. When his mother pulled him out of school to homeschool him, he spent hours reading through books in the library, creating experiments at home and on the job, and learning about the new invention, the telegraph. His extensive freethinking education and dedicated work ethic helped him as he created invention after invention that the world needed-and still uses today. Introduce young readers to the "wizard from the start" through this enchanting picture book--let them see how their work, interests, and education now can continue to help them in the future! 32 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 10.00 X 8.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0547194870
ISBN-13: 9780547194875
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Ages: 5-8

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Publisher's Description

A wizard from the start, Thomas Edison had a thirst for knowledge, taste for mischief, and hunger for discovery—but his success was made possible by his boundless energy. At age fourteen he coined his personal motto: “The More to do, the more to be done,” and then went out and did: picking up skills and knowledge at every turn. When learning about things that existed wasn't enough, he dreamed up new inventions to improve the world.
 
From humble beginnings as a farmer’s son, selling newspapers on trains and reading through public libraries shelf by shelf, Tom began his inventing career as a boy and became a legend as a man. 

Author Bio

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him “a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies.” He lives in New York with his family.

Editorial Reviews

"Focusing on the great inventor's youth, roughly from age eight to mid-20s, this anecdotal picture-book biography is both engaging and accessible. The concise narrative is sprinkled with original quotes and is well suited as a read-aloud...Brown's signature sketches combine digital imagery and watercolors and reflect the period costume and key moments in Edison's early life."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Brown (Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt) offers a folksy, episodic picture book biography of Edison's early years, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit and love of experimentation, while incorporating a wealth of fascinating, little-known anecdotes about the accomplished inventor."--Publishers Weekly

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