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The Crayon Man: the True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

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What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn't really even draw in color.

Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only
Published March 19th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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First sentence: Once there was a man who saw color everywhere.

Premise/plot: The Crayon Man is a picture book biography of Edward Binney the creator of crayons.

My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved this one. The narrative is well written. It's packed with information--which I loved. Plenty of information is included within the sidebars. But at its heart it remains an entertaining story.

Edwin invented a new kind of inexpensive slate pencil that wrote very smoothly--it was gray. Children loved it! H
I love this COLORFUL story about the inventor of Crayola crayons! Makes me appreciate them and want to go color a picture. The back matter is excellent too: photos (color, of course) showing the process of making Crayola crayons today, and a selected bibliography.
Edward Binney and his staff get the prize for giving children crayons, safer than the older, not useful or safe, artist's crayons. In those early days, paper was too expensive so children wrote with a gray pencil, on slate tablets. They worked but rubbed off too easily. Natascha Biebow tells the story starting with the 'need' for crayons of the colors of the world so children could draw them. Binney's wife knew about this. She was a teacher. And Biebow takes the reader through pages of persisten ...more
Connie T.
Imagine you love nature and all the colors of the world. Now imagine you're an inventor but all day long you're surrounded by black: black dust, black tar, black ink.... What do you do? Well, if your name is Edwin Binney you invent crayons!

This colorful, engaging book describes the history and the chemistry which led to the development of Crayola crayons while also being accessible to young readers. A 2-page photo spread showing modern day crayon manufacturing at the Crayola factory, a brief bio
Michele Knott
How many times have you held a crayon in your hand without thinking too much about it? Or maybe you’ve had some wonderings.... it’s the origin story you didn’t know you were waiting for! Fun story and fantastic backmatter!
Maria Caplin
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perseverance, creativity and problem solving. Excellent sidebar notes and word study about the origin of crayons 🖍
Ben Truong
The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons is a children's picture book written by Natascha Biebow and illustrated by Steven Salerno. It chronicles the story of Edwin Binney – the creator of crayons.

Edwin Binney was an American entrepreneur and inventor, who created the first dustless white chalk, and along with his cousin C. Harold Smith was the founder of Handicrafts Company Binney and Smith, which marketed his invention of the Crayola crayon.

Biebow's text is rather sim
Panda Incognito
This bright, colorful picture book biography introduces children to the man who invented crayons. The author provides clear historical context for the invention, explains the science behind it, and shows how it has impacted children. It's a lovely, inspiring book, and in addition to the historical note in the back, there are also photo-illustrated pages about how Crayola produces and packages crayons today. This book will appeal to the kid in everyone, and art teachers and librarians hosting cra ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Genre: Picture Book Biography/ Invention Tale. Tells of Edward Binney, who with his business partner Harold Smith created Crayola crayons. It was a fascinating history of writing instruments in the late 1800s and how the crayons came to be. Those behind its invention are those who still use the products today: children and schoolteachers. Beautiful illustrations show the contrast between the colors in the world and the black of the factory. Also included great period clothing-- long skirts, over ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great biography aimed towards kids to see how crayons were invented. Hint his name was Edwin Binney and he was an inventor and it all started with the invention of a gray slate pencil and dustless and not crumbly chalk. The story is informative and the pictures are beautiful!
Engel Dreizehn
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting tidbit of history behind Crayola and the invention of crayons all done in bouncy, colourful prose! (with footnotes on the sides to explain certain details)
Edward Sullivan
An appropriately colorful introduction to the man who invented Crayola crayons.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A worthy response to the question: Where did crayons come from?
Jo Oehrlein
Focusing on the man who invented crayons and what it took.
Wax + clay + pigment.
And points out that the timing of cheap paper becoming available helped crayons catch on.
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