ROBERT FULTON by Steven Kroll

ROBERT FULTON

From Submarine to Steamboat
Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

From Kroll (Lewis and Clark, 1994, etc.), a handsomely illustrated biography that introduces a fascinating historical figure and will make readers yearn for more information. The facts are covered, including Fulton’s stints as sign painter, air-gun inventor, and apprentice jeweler; Kroll states clearly which details cannot be pinned down, and the probable order of events and incidents. The text is informative and lively, although in places the transitions are abrupt, e.g., one of the only references to Fulton’s personal life—“Meanwhile, on January 7, 1808, Fulton had married Harriet Livingston. She bore him four children”—quickly reverts to details on the building of boats. Warm gold-toned paintings convey a sense of times past and complement the text. Especially appealing are the depictions of the steamships. A welcome volume. (chronology) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)

Pub Date: March 15th, 1999
ISBN: 0-8234-1433-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1999




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