Childhood of Famous American Series, which is not as successful as some others but still a vivid picture of Lancaster on the Conestoga in 1776 and later. Fulton, a mechanical genius apprenticed to a kindly and appreciative gunsmith who allowed the boy freedom to develop his natural tendencies, fulfilled the expectations of his neighbors. The early sections, dealing with Fulton up to his 17th year, are good, while the latter half is rather loose and haphazard and fails to hold the interest of the young reader. As inventor of dozens of useful articles, painter of importance in his own time, protegee of Benjamin Franklin, loyal son and brother, and, ultimately inventor of the steamboat, Fulton's life is packed with interesting and ingenious material. There is excellent detail on manufacturing processes, materials, schools and family life. Library and school material. Third and fourth graders may be able to read it themselves for the type is clear and good and the paragraphs and chapters short.