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Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb
Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb
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Graphic Library

Thomas Edison and the Lightbulb

Tells the story of Thomas Edison's involvement in the development of the incandescent light bulb. Written in graphic-novel format.

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Age Level8-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
GenreGraphic Nonfiction
SubjectGraphic Novels
Trim Size7 x 9
Page Count32



Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"In the mid 1800s, people had very inefficient, and often unsafe, ways of lighting their homes. Scientists were looking for a better way to do things. They wanted to find a way to use electricity to bring a clean bright light into homes and businesses, but they just could not find a way to make it work. Then in 1878 Thomas Edison, who was already a successful inventor by this time, decided to work on the project. He got investors and formed the Edison Electric Light Company. He then, with the help of others, worked out how enough power could be generated to create the electricity that would be needed to form a city-wide grid. The next problem that he needed to solve was how to make a light bulb that would last long enough. Edison tried all kinds of solutions to the problem and yet time and time again the filament in his bulb burned out too soon to be of use. He realized that he had to create a good vacuum in his bulb and once that was achieved he could use a carbonized filament of some kind. At long last a good vacuum seal was created and bamboo based filaments were burning in the bulbs for more than six hundred hours. The time had come to bring the various parts of the project together to create a real electric light network for the city. This excellent title with its graphic novel style format will show young readers how Thomas Edison set about the task of creating electrical light. They will see that he was not only brilliant but that he was also determined to succeed, and succeed he did. With an easy to follow text and pages packed with illustrations, this is a perfect book for readers who are intimidated by books that are dominated by text." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

January 1, 2008

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

"Grabbing the visual learner’s attention, Welvaert is writing for the “Graphic Library,” a series, a new graphic novel approach for nonfiction. The book uses a comic book format with brief narrative boxes and short, semi-punchy dialogue in balloons. This book is not a biography but a piece of the inventor’s life. In this case, Thomas Edison joins others in the race to create a working light bulb. Because of the format, the text is minimal even as the story covers a fair number of details. For example, a narrative box explains, “Edison sent people across the world to find materials for his filaments.” The pictures with this brief statement show a desert scene with cowboys examining a plant, and a tropical scene where explorers are looking at bamboo. The illustrations are good, accurately showing snapshot-like images of the appropriate time period. They are not as exciting as, say, Spiderman, but they move the reader through the story. The vocabulary is not simple, but there are so few words and so many pictures that this works as a high-low book. Back matter includes a “Glossary,” a “Read More” section, a “Bibliography,” an “Index,” and a list of “Internet Sites.” The sites are maintained on Capstone’s Facthound Site, where URLs are checked to make sure they are both age appropriate and current." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

July 1, 2007

Scott R. Welvaert

Scott R. Welvaert

Scott R. Welvaert lives in Chaska, Minnesota, with his wife and two daughters. He has written many children's books. Most recently, he has written about Helen Keller, the Donner Party, and Thomas Edison. Scott enjoys reading and writing poetry and stories. He also enjoys playing video games and watching the Star Wars movies with his children.

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