Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver and Science & Invention in America

The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver and Science & Invention in America , written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness
Follow the action as Confederate raiders kidnap young Carver—along with his mother and siblings—and sell them to Arkansas slaveholders. Here, whooping cough threatens George’s life, yet the disease will be the key to his future. Unable to work in the fields, he spends his days studying plants. His desire for knowledge leads him to the rich farmlands of Iowa, where he becomes the first black student—and later the first black faculty member—at the state university. Carver pioneers hundreds of new uses for plants and revolutionizes American agriculture by teaching farmers the value of rotating cotton with nitrogen-rich crops.

1 comment:

Michael Santangelo/School Library Journal said...

...a good choice for biography assignments...also a strong recommendation for a nonfiction read-aloud and as a way to interest fiction readers in biography.