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A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Picture Book Biography)

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A brief biography of the African American scientist who overcame tremendous hardship to make unusual and important discoveries in the field of agriculture.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Holiday House (first published 1999)
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Mar 15, 2016 Jaime rated it it was ok
If you couldn't already guess by the oh-so-clever title of this book, this particular text describes the life of George Washington Carver. It is a relatively dry account of his life that even recounts his 2 unfortunate interactions with so-called "raiders". What miffed me was that these "raiders" are, infact members of the Klu Klux Klan. It frustrated me that the author didn't use their name and I wonder why the author chose to do this. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the picture was publi ...more
Robyn Simmons
Nov 22, 2008 Robyn Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: primary/intermediate readers
This book is a biography and informational text. It tells about the life of George Washington Carver. It is a friendly read pictutre book that can be read as a read aloud to students. It highlights many important dates in his life. I found it interesting that he was always unsure of his birth month or year. He just knew it was either late 1864 or early 1865. He worked to recieve many degrees in his education. Carver is best known for his demonstrations of peanuts. It is a great resource to teach ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Joel rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This book begins with Carver's birth near the end of the Civil War and ends with his death in 1943. Carver is born into slavery on a farm, and this story contains a few of the atrocities he witnessed.Through this book, youngsters will learn important facts about slavery and racial prejudice as well as Carver’s significant contributions. The author uses a narrative style and both the text and pictures combine to establish the literary elements of setting, and theme. Colorful illustrations complem ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Jeannie rated it liked it
Citation: A Picture Book of George Washington Carver, David Adler, Dan Brown (illustrator), Holiday House, 1999, 30p. Junior Book/Biography

Genre: Biography

Summary: This book is the gently told account of the life of George Washington Carver, Agriculturalist, Artist, Educator and Humanitarian.

Critique: a. What I like most about this biography is the caring personal tone that comes through.
b. The author’s careful placement of Carver’s sentiments sets the tone for the book and characterizes his li
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A Picture Book of George Washington Carver
By David A. Adler
Illustrations By Dan Brown
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Reviewed By Aaron Carter

In this book, David A. Adler did a superb job of capturing the accomplishments of George Washington Carver; in fact, even as a historian, I learned much about the man. Despite the hardships that he faced early on, he preserved in the end, creating several hundred products from peanuts and sweet potatoes we use daily to survive, create, and thrive. He wa
Alexandria Stephens
This is another book in the informational picture book series. It is a biography of the life of George Washington Carver, the peanut man! The book begins with his birth, which isn't clearly indicated but the author estimates a month and year. The book describes Carver's education accomplishments. Of course the book highlights Carver's work with peanuts and how he was able to transform the peanut industry. This book can be used to reading fluency. The book is written in kid friendly language and ...more
Leon Gray
Jul 20, 2010 Leon Gray rated it it was amazing
SS5H3 The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
b. Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).

A great book the students can use a supplemental text to describe the life George Washington Carver. This book could also be used during an abolition unit or civil rights unit when describing and discussing equality. Students cold wr
Apr 07, 2014 Gina marked it as to-read
This book tells about the life story of George Washington Carver; yes, the peanut guy! Carver was born into slavery and he along with Booker T. Washington joined together into helping members of their race. This text describes Carver's education and accomplishments. In addition, this book highlights his discovery of the peanut industry and the impact it made. This book may be utilized for fluency during guided reading. The sentence structures and word choice is appropriate for students, dependin ...more
Apr 28, 2016 Kathryn rated it liked it
This book is about the life of George Washington Carver. It starts at the beginning when he was bon as a slave. It goes on to tell about his education and how he was rejected by a university because of the color of his skin. Then it ends with all of his success. I really liked this book because I didn't know that much about George Washington Carver and it was very informational. I think students would really like this, it would be a good book for bringing in diversity of historical figures. I wo ...more
A Picture Book of George Washington Carver, D. A. Adler, Grade 1, Life cycle of a plant, Design of Experiments, Structure and Function of living organisms.

This book could be used in:
A unit on George Washington Carver.
A unit on inventors.
A unit on farming.
"What can one little person do?" George Washington Carver changed modern farming and helped many people live a better life. He invented uses for the peanut, soybean, and sweet potatoes.
Shaeley Santiago
Descriptive text about Carver's life. Mentions Time magazine's reference to him as the "Black Leonardo" and his refusal of a job offer from Thomas Alva Edison. No actual photos, though, like Smart About Scientists: George Washington Carver: Peanut Wizard: Peanut Wizard. #bookaday
Ashton Keck
This was a wonderful picture book biography on George Washington Carver. I found it to be very informative and I liked the way the author was able to condense such an extrodinary mans life into a rather short book. I also liked the fact that the author included quotes from Carver himself. One interesting piece of information that stood out to me was that George Carver had turned down Thomas Edison's offer to work for him.
Oct 18, 2010 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-studies
This picture book tells the story of George Washington Carver. The book tells how George struggled to become educated at a time when there were not many opportunities for the son of a former slave. This book tells how George was devoted to improving the lives of Southerners. This book is part of the custom box and good for a read-aloud.
Jun 12, 2009 Leslie added it
David Adler has written a whole slew of great picture book biographies on fascinating people, such as George Washington Carver, John F. Kennedy, Anne Frank, Amelia Earhart, and others. These are great to use with students when teaching the concept of biography.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
We learned about George Washington Carver and all the obstacles he had. Room 213
Jan 01, 2010 CFAITC added it
Shelves: intermediate
A brief biography of George Washington Carver.
Sarah Parker
Nov 29, 2008 Sarah Parker rated it it was amazing
way better than any of his picture books of a famous historical person. I loved it!!!!Lots of pics!!!
Keli Wright
Apr 07, 2014 Keli Wright rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I asked Anna age 8 what did you learn from it.. she said "he moved a lot" um I hope she got more than that.
Aug 05, 2013 Trease added it
i found this book informative for young children. Especially when teaching a multicultural unit.
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Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then- ...more
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