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Description - Thomas Edison for Kids by Laurie Carlson

Thomas Edison, one of the world's greatest inventors, is introduced in this fascinating activity book. Children will learn how Edison ushered in an astounding age of invention with his unique way of looking at things and refusal to be satisfied with only one solution to a problem. This book helps inspire kids to be inventors and scientists, as well as persevere with their own ideas. Activities allow children to try Edison's experiments themselves, with activities such as making a puppet dance using static electricity, manufacturing a switch for electric current, constructing a telegraph machine, manipulating sound waves, building an electrical circuit to test for conductors and insulators, making a zoetrope, and testing a dandelion for latex. In addition to his inventions and experiments, the book explores Edison's life outside of science, including his relationship with inventor Nikola Tesla, his rivalry with George Westinghouse, and his friendship with Henry Ford. A time line, glossary, and lists of supply sources, places to visit, and websites for further exploration complement this activity book.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556525841
ISBN-10: 1556525842
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 279mm x 12mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Thomas Edison for Kids by Laurie Carlson

US Kirkus Review » Carlson tucks 21 science activities, most at least slightly related to Edison's inventions, into this account of his career and times. Portraying him as a self-taught go-getter with terrible business sense but an unrelenting work ethic, an altruistic impulse that led him deliberately to leave some of his ideas unpatented, and a mischievous streak (one of his early, lesser-known inventions was an electrified cockroach trap), the author follows him from itinerant youth to renowned old age with side glances at his private life, as well as general descriptions of his major inventions and (usually ill-fated) business ventures. She also keeps the projects simple, stressing the use of common materials and noting when adult supervision is required. Illustrated with period diagrams and photos, and closing with a generous resource list, this makes a solid addition to the Edison shelf-though for capturing its subject's maverick genius, or enduring effect on our daily lives, it isn't going to replace Marfe Ferguson Delano's Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison (2002). (Biography. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Laurie Carlson

Laurie Carlson is the author of Colonial Kids, Westward Ho!, More Than Moccasins, Green Thumbs, and Kids Camp! She has taught preschool, primary grades, and children's art classes. She lives in Cheney, Washington.

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