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Inventing The Future: A Photobiography Of Thomas Alva Edison (Photobiographies) [Hardcover]

By Marfe Ferguson Delano (Author)
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Presents a biography of the tireless Thomas Edison, illustrated with many photos of his life and inventions.

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This photobiography of Thomas Edison continues the National Geographic children's photobiography series with an especially appealing and well-known subject. Thomas Edison (1847-1931) is thought by many to be one of the greatest inventors in history. Among his numerous achievements, he developed the light bulb, invented the phonograph, and made significant contributions to the fields of photography and filmmaking. His inventions helped lay the foundation for the modern national power grid, the recording industry, and the motion picture industry. He patented an astounding total of 1,093 inventions - more than any other inventor. His famous saying, Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration, encapsulates his attitude toward inventing. He developed his ideas through perseverance, trying things over and over again until he finally made a breakthrough. This approach gave birth to the modern research laboratory, where hypotheses are proposed and then tested. Edison's legacy is as much in his groundbreaking and gritty way of thinking as in his practical inventions. Thomas Edison was a character - a character who makes a great book subject.He slept little at night and so would catnap during the day, anywhere he felt like, even stretching out on his lab table for some Z's. He worked with many assistants, whom he called muckers, and together they would work round the clock to feverishly develop inventions and beat out their competition. One bout of this earned a group the name, the Insomnia Squad. Edison even nicknamed his first children, Dot and Dash after the symbols in Morse code. Thomas Edison was a significant influence on a developing industrial nation, and he was recognized for his achievements even in his own time. When he died at the age of 84, President Herbert Hoover asked all Americans to honor him by turning off their electric lights for a moment of darkness. Edison filled more than 3,000 notebooks with sketches and notes, and the best of that material is captured here. Compelling period images of Edison at work and of his life and times round out a humanizing portrait of a great American.

Awards and Recognitions
Inventing The Future: A Photobiography Of Thomas Alva Edison (Photobiographies) by Marfe Ferguson Delano has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • James Madison Book - 2003 Honor Book - Children/Young Adult category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Inventing The Future: A Photobiography Of Thomas Alva Edison (Photobiographies) by Marfe Ferguson Delano has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 745
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 09/01/2002 page 1307
  • ALA Notable Childrens Books - 03/15/2003 page 1308
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2004 page 49
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 399
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 494
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 558

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Item Specifications...

Studio: National Geographic Children's Books
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.44" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   National Geographic Children's Books
Age  10-13
ISBN  0792267214  
ISBN13  9780792267218  

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More About Marfe Ferguson Delano

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MARFE FERGUSON DELANO is the author of 16 books for National Geographic, including Genius, A Photobiograhy of Albert Einstein, which was an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. Her latest titles for National Geographic are Helen's Eyes, a Photobiography of Annie Sullivan and Master George's People. Delano is a graduate of Duke University

Marfe Ferguson Delano lived in Alexandria, in the state of Virginia. Marfe Ferguson Delano was born in 1915 and died in 1992.

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