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

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

By:  Don Brown

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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.

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  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547194875

  • ISBN-10: 0547194870

  • Pages: 32

  • Price: $17.99

  • Publication Date: 05/03/2010

  • Carton Quantity: 48

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level AD940L
    • Guided Reading Level Q

Don Brown
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Don Brown

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.www.booksbybrown.comInstagram: @donsart
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    "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

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: Hardcover

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547194875

  • ISBN-10: 0547194870

  • Pages: 32

  • Price: $17.99

  • Publication Date: 05/03/2010

  • Carton Quantity: 48

  • Age(s): 4,5,6,7

  • Grade(s): Pre-K-3

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level AD940L
    • Guided Reading Level Q

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