An in-depth portrait of America's greatest inventor journeys inside the life and Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory of Thomas Edison, documenting not only his revolutionary technological innovations, but also his remarkable ability to promote and market himself and his creations. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
One day in 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch that lit up lower Manhattan with incandescent light and changed the way people live ever after. The electric light bulb was only one of thousands of Edison’s inventions, which include the phonograph and the kinetoscope, an early precursor to the movie camera. As a boy, observing a robin catch a worm and then take flight, he fed a playmate a mixture of worms and water to see if she could fly! Here’s an accessible, appealing biography with 100 black-and-white illustrations.
Author: David C. King
Release Date: 1995-05-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Primary source documents capture Edison's spirit, the progress he made on new inventions and the setbacks - both personal and professional. Historian and author David King weaves a story from his own research into Edison's journals, letters, lab notes, drawings, peer criticism, and news accounts of the day. Grade 5 to adult.
The Story of Thomas A. Edison is written for young readers to chronicle the life of "The Wizard." Its author's hope was to inspire in them the same sense of curiosity in the scientific world that Edison had.