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Here is the story of Captain John Ericsson, a Swedish-born engineer and inventor, who found opportunity in the U.S. where people had a taste for dreamers and the U.S. Navy was in desperate need of an engineering mind such as his.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Holiday House (first published November 1st 2004)
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Erin
The story of a little-known inventory of the early nineteenth century. His inventions had a sizable impact on the direction of the U.S. Civil War, although before he achieved that success he suffered many failures.

Inspiring in its tone, this story is a great reminder to kids that failure is not always the end of the road. The illustrations remind me of the Camel With the Wrinkled Knees: the people depicted are a little lumpy and bumpy, and the cover isn't the most attractive. But the story withi
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Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
A light-hearted picture book biography of inventor John Ericsson, who, when he wasn't busy succeeding, was busy failing...gloriously. The comic-style illustrations add to the humorous effect.
The book is listed as written for 2nd to 4th graders, but I suspect that 2nd graders would be less interested in the subject matter than the 4th - or even 5th graders would be. A perfect choice for a reluctant reader in the upper grades because of the illustrations and the real history portrayed in an ente
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This is a good non-fiction book about the Swedish inventor who developed the first Union ironclad warship. I read it aloud to 2nd graders.
Erica Hendrickson
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fun, humorous way to learn about Captain Ericsson. Written and illustrated for young children.
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Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge received a master's degree in education and library science from the University of Chicago. She has written picture books and non-fiction for children. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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