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Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-07-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings
ISBN:0805091084
LANGUAGE:English

" Wonderful biography of Thomas Edison and a few of his inventions and how they have changed how we live now. Includes a note about many of the people who worked in his lab (and who are pictured throughout the book) and the contributions they made. This held all three of my children's attention (ages 6, 9, 11). " said.

" This book is about Thomas Edison and his inventions. Beginning has a brief description of who he is/what he did, and then each spread after shows one of his inventions in his lab compared to "present day." Great illustrations! Back matter includes a list/description of Edison's employees, trivia questions, and a bibliography. " said.

" This picture book is packed with accessible and interesting information about Thomas Edison and is presented in a way that helps children understand the impact of a life that lived over 100 years ago. Good emphasis was placed on Edison's failures and how some of them birthed unexpected successes. The illustration is part of the story and leads the reader on journey through Edison's inventions. " said.

" This book is an easy way for children to discover the many ways Thomas Edison's inventions influence our lives today. The layout showing present day and Edison's lab is a great way to show this comparison easily and clearly. I recommend this book for classroom libraries, and children who enjoy learning about scientific inventions will love it. " said.

" One thing I really liked about this book is how it showed side-by-side how modern technology was influenced by Edison's inventions. It's kind of cool to see where things like movies and iPods and copy machines originally came from. Plus, it's explained in such a way that kids can understand and might want to know more about Edison (and then from there, I guess they can get into the whole sticky Edison vs. Tesla drama if they want to, but that's neither here nor there). " said.

" I learned a lot about Edison and some of his inventions in this book. I recognized early on that there were similarities to "Neo Leo" (and it is the same author/illustrator). Loved the trivia at the end. And really neat that some of his employees were mentioned and included in the illustrations throughout the book. Fun facts and delivered in an easy way--not too dry and able to connect today's reader (and what they use) to what he did then.2014-2015 Beehive nominee " said.

" 3.5 stars. I like this one because it actually highlights the fact that Edison was the Steve Jobs of his era. Like Jobs's, he's the household name everyone knows, but he actually had brilliant people working under him who helped him turn vision into reality. The layout is a little odd, but I think this is a good resource for an elementary school biography project. One note, though, the bibliography included in the additional materials is aimed at older readers. " said.

" 3.4 starsThe content is really interesting, but the illustrations seem like they could be more polished.Edison invented a lot of stuff! Interesting tidbit----he proposed to his wife via Morse code, and she replied with Morse code. Interesting tidbit----Edison worked on an early version of the telephone----he is credited with people saying "hello" as they answered a phone----Alexander Graham Bell thought that people should say "ahoy ahoy" when they answered the phone. " said.

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