I first read this book when I was in early elementary school and the effect was so strong that for years I fantasized that I was an inventor like Edison with my own research laboratory. Edison was one of the most fascinating men, his inventive genius was second to none and there was never a man more driven than he was. Edison was largely uneducated; he was pulled out of school when his teacher grew angry over his constant asking of questions. Many people doubted his abilities, yet the … more
This biography written towards children and young adults works well as an introduction to the life of Thomas Alva Edison. The basic outline of Edison's life is told in simple terms and includes descriptions about the three inventions Edison is most given credit for inventing: the phonograph, electric light, and motion picture. The illustrations are nice and add to the text of the story. Great reading for youth who like to learn.
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