Timeless Thomas : How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
by Gene Barretta

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805091083
  • ISBN-10: 0805091084
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10
  • Dimensions: 10.29 x 9.43 x 0.47 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Technology - Inventions
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - History of Science

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-05-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Following his picture-book biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci, Barretta introduces Thomas Edison to young readers. Edison (1847–1931), portrayed as a twinkly-eyed gentleman, busily develops his inventions in his New Jersey laboratories. In side-by-side scenes, present-day children and adults enjoy modern technologies (a tattoo gun, an MP3 player, a movie), while opposite, their antecedents (the electric pen, the phonograph, the Kinetoscope) are discussed. Barretta’s warm and funny watercolors create an inviting portrait of an influential man: “So every time you turn on a light, think of Thomas Edison and remember everything he gave us.” Endnotes profile Edison’s employees and offer trivia and additional resources. Ages 8–12. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (July)

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