Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Wizard from the Start

"I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."
-Thomas Alva Edison-

Brown, Don.
A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood and Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison.
May 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Following the life of Thomas Edison from age eight until his adult years and his invention of the lightbulb in, A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood and Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison, readers will delight in learning about the how Thomas Edison set about inventing and his inspirations throughout his life. The book is absolutely full of wonderful, intriguing information and the illustrations will surely capture each reader's eye!

I would definitely include this book in a thematic unit on inventions and inventors, as it details the life of Edison and his inspiration for becoming an inventor. The book also shares with children that hard work and dedication pays off. It also doesn't hurt to hear that if you're doing what you love, it hardly seems like work, and can I ever agree with that one!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Use this book in collaboration with Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas: 21 Activities. The book is full of wonderful information and also packed with different activities to try with kids, including making an electrically charged puppet dance and making an electric telegraph machine.

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