Tuesday, April 29, 2008

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver
by Tanya Bolden
Abrams Books for Young Readers
41 pages

A Coretta Scott King Honor Award author offers a fresh look at this pioneering American innovator" Shampoo from peanuts? Wallpaper from clay? Ink from sweet potatoes? Discover Carvers imagination and inspiration in this one-of-a-kind biography. With imagination and intellect, George Washington Carver (18641934) developed hundreds of unexpected products from everyday plants. This book reveals what an exceptionally uncommon man Carver was: trailblazing scholar, innovative scientist, pioneering conservationist, and impassioned educator. This book follows his life from slave and orphan to his college days as the first African American to attend Iowa State College (where he later taught), and on to his life and work in the field of agriculture. Illustrated with historical artifacts and photographs, the book traces Carvers life, discoveries, and legacy.


Teresa said...

I like that author doesn't back away from George Washington Carver's faith and conviction. I am embarrassed to admit that I associated GWC with peanut butter.

Kris said...

The "voice" of this book intrigued me. I felt as if I was listening to a narrator tell the story of GWC as I read, the language has a natural, kind of folksy flow. There are nice touches to the illustrations, like the old-fashioned corners on the photographs and the textured look of the pages. It's like looking at an old photo-album or scrap book.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the fact that the book focused not only on GWC's famous years, but also on his childhood. He led a sufficiently interesting life to fill a book even before the Tuskagee Institute. The book does justice to it. I would like to know, though: who DID invent peanut butter?

Abby said...

This is one of my favorite books of 2008! I think it's really visually appealing and I love that it includes so much information about the important stuff GWC did besides peanuts.

art4jewel said...

I never knew that George Washington Carver did much more than come up with the idea for peanut-butter! Wow- what a brilliant man!

I feel that this book does a great job at giving the whole story. There seem to be no missing or skipped details for one reason or another.

This book is so interesting and would make a great addition to any classroom library.

Jessica said...

I thought this book was so informative and helpful. I felt like a little girl listen to a story while sitting on my grandpa's lap. This would be a great addition to classroom projects during African American month or an introduction to scientist and slavery. GWC was so dedicated to the things he believed. The pictures and background info were so helpful in the all around story.

Holly B said...

Wow, I learned so much about George Washington Carver from reading this book. I did not know anything about him before reading this book, but now I feel like a have a good understanding of his importance and accomplishments upon American History.

I particularly liked the way in which George Washington Carver was portrayed: a man who knew what he loved and continued in that path even when it may have been beyond his comfort zone. He was a man who did all he could to help others, always wanting and striving to help others through his discoveries.

This book provides a good aspects of history and would be beneficial for any classroom. From Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts, this book could have many uses within a classroom.

Michael said...

I really enjoyed the way that the author told all about Carver's life. I never knew that he was born into slavery. The author did a great job of portraying all of Carver and not just the pretty stuff. I also loved the pictures of Carver and all of his drawings.