Thomas Edison for Kids by Laurie Carlson
His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

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Thomas Edison, one of the world's greatest inventors, is introduced in this fascinating activity book. Children will learn how Edison ushered in an astounding age of invention with his unique way of looking at things and refusal to be satisfied with only one solution to a problem. This book helps inspire kids to be inventors and scientists, as well as persevere with their own ideas. Activities allow children to try Edison's experiments themselves, with activities such as making a puppet dance using static electricity, manufacturing a switch for electric current, constructing a telegraph machine, manipulating sound waves, building an electrical circuit to test for conductors and insulators, making a zoetrope, and testing a dandelion for latex. In addition to his inventions and experiments, the book explores Edison's life outside of science, including his relationship with inventor Nikola Tesla, his rivalry with George Westinghouse, and his friendship with Henry Ford. A time line, glossary, and lists of supply sources, places to visit, and websites for further exploration complement this activity book.

About Laurie Carlson

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Laurie Carlson is the author of Colonial Kids, Westward Ho!, More Than Moccasins, and Green Thumbs. She has taught preschool, primary grades, and children's art classes. She lives in Cheney, Washington.
Published February 1, 2006 by Chicago Review Press. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Portraying him as a self-taught go-getter with terrible business sense but an unrelenting work ethic, an altruistic impulse that led him deliberately to leave some of his ideas unpatented, and a mischievous streak (one of his early, lesser-known inventions was an electrified cockroach trap), the ...

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