Young Thomas Edison by Michael Dooling

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From the light bulb to the phonograph to the movies, Thomas Edison was the mastermind behind many inventions that are taken for granted today. But how did he grow up to be a legendary inventor? Michael Dooling explores the origins of Edison’s scientific genius: his interest in mixing chemicals – sometimes with explosive results – his diligence in his work as a paperboy, and his difficulty paying attention in school. Through his clear text and stunning illustrations, Dooling presents a fascinating and compelling portrait of the man who has been called America’s greatest inventor and entrepreneur.

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Michael Dooling is well known for his dramatic and historically accurate illustrations in such acclaimed picture books as "The Great Horse-less Carriage Race", which he also wrote. "The Horn Book" has praised his work as "noteworthty--and handsome--examples of the illustrator as historian." Mr. Dooling lives with his family in New Jersey. You can find out more about him on the Web at
Published November 1, 2005 by Holiday House. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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In this sketchy but inspirational profile, Dooling pairs realistic paintings of the home-schooled boy experimenter—usually intent on a book, bottles of chemicals or some gadget—with an early-years account that stresses the influences his mother, and his encroaching deafness, played in shaping a l...

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