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YOUNG THOMAS EDISON by Michael Dooling


by Michael Dooling & illustrated by Michael Dooling

Age Range: 8 - 10

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8234-1868-5
Publisher: Holiday House

In this sketchy but inspirational profile, Dooling pairs realistic paintings of the home-schooled boy experimenter—usually intent on a book, bottles of chemicals or some gadget—with an early-years account that stresses the influences his mother, and his encroaching deafness, played in shaping a lifelong habit of hard, constant study. Complementing the many other basic bios that focus more on Edison’s later career, this closes with a spread full of Edison inventions and a pointed reminder that they exist because their inventor always wanted to know, “What is this? Why does that happen? How does it happen?” (afterword, resource lists) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)