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It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photo

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In 1877 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman couldn’t understand why picture-taking was so difficult. Having left school at fourteen to support his mother and two sisters, George decided to find out by making photography his hobby. He packed up glass plates, a plate holder, a tent, a heavy tripod, a thick piece of black cloth, a water jug, and chemicals and set off to ta ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Tundra Books
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
After I read this, I wanted to learn more about George Eastman. I grew up not far from Rochester, NY, where he grew up, and yet I knew nothing about him. I wonder what he would think of today's digital cameras? Recommended for shutterbugs and New Yorkers.
The Great Ideas series is an excellent introduction for all ages to a broad variety of inventors, and It's a Snap! is no exception. Cute, informative, and interesting. Recommended.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun interesting story of George's dream and his ability to act on it. Good children's learning book.
Jo Oehrlein
The story of George Eastman inventing new and improved cameras and film.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story and very inspirational. I really enjoyed learning about the history of Eastman Kodak.
I wasn't aware of the history of the Kodak company. In fact, I always thought that there was actually a person named Kodak behind it all. This was quite an eye-opening book, one that shows how a hobby can slowly transform into a career and even a business empire with the right innovative spirit lurking behind it all. This is just one of Kulling's many books that shed light on the little known and the underappreciated change-makers from human history. It's a celebration of the great and the sligh ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was the compact camera. This sprightly tale of curiosity and determination puts the spotlight on the inventive young man who brought photography to the masses, one improvement at a time.

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Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I love the author's children's biographies, and this was the last book I still had to read in this series, wanting to catch up before a new one came out.

This is a fun picture book told in a storyteller voice. There are no dates or dry facts; instead we have here an entertaining story of a man who was frustrated with how difficult (and expensive!) it was to take just one picture. If he was going to do this as a hobby he really needed to figure out a better way to take pictures
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
George Eastman had to leave school early and get a job to help support his family. He decided he needed a hobby and he chose photography. Cameras were enormously heavy and pictures took a long time to develop and George decided to improve this. He did and history was made.

With pictures as clever as those in a child’s story book and with text as readable as a child’s story book, this book should easily appeal to children of all ages.

‘At the stone bridge, George had a brain wave. “Bunch together,
George Eastman was an overworked banker who needed a hobby. He chose photography. But all the equipment and supplies he needed--plates, a tent, a tripod, a jug of water, chemicals, and more, besides the camera--made him feel like a pack mule. Eastman dedicated years of his life to creating dry plates for photographs, then lighter, more portable cameras. His inventions revolutionized photography, making Eastman one of the most successful inventors in American history. Kulling tells his story in a ...more
Ellz Readz
Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Our thoughts...This was a very interesting book. It discusses the history of the photograph and the Kodak Company. We leaned how the original pictures were taken, developed, and how the camera progressed to the type we are familiar with today. It leads us through the life of George Eastman and how he turned a hobby into a very successful business. There are some important messages in the story such as perserveriance, family support, and reaching for your dreams.

The illustrations were nice. They
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
A great book that every parent and child will enjoy reading together. I loved it -- but my 7-year-old nephew loved it even more! Now that's a good review!
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reads young (maybe ages 5 - if you're reading to them - through 8?), but still interesting. Part of our "biographies" family reading.
I thought this was a great juvenile biography--especially if you like photography. In fact, this is one my brothers and mother should read for sure. :)
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-nonfiction, pb, 2014
I just want to go out and take photographs after reading this great biography of George Eastman.
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Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a great one for kids wanting to learn about the man who made photography into what it is today, but what makes it just as worthwhile for older readers is its wonderful illustrations.
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Monica Kulling was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Victoria. Monica Kulling has published twenty-six fiction and nonfiction books for children, including picture books, poetry, and biographies. She is best known for introducing biography to children just learning to read and has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Rooseve ...more

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