Timeless Thomas

How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common?

All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison.

Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology.  Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-changing inventions. In this enlightening book, Gene Barretta enters the laboratories of one of America’s most important inventors.

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Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta

What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common? All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison. Edison is most famous for inventing the incandescent lightbulb, but at his landmark laboratories in Menlo Park & West Orange, New Jersey, he also developed many other staples of modern technology. Despite many failures, Edison persevered. And good for that, because it would be very difficult to go through a day without using one of his life-chang

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Praise for Timeless Thomas

"...useful tool to introduce history and inventions to reluctant readers or students…”--School Library Journal

"An entertaining, enlightening intro." —Booklist

"[This] accessible and informative account [is] a worthy successor to Barretta’s other men-and-ideas books.”--The New York Times

"A glowing tribute to the inventor who continues to influence modern life.”--Kirkus, starred

"Barretta’s warm and funny watercolors create an inviting portrait of an influential man..."--Publishers Weekly

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Winner of the Carolyn W. Field Award, given by the Pennsylvania Library Association

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A CCBC Choice

 

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‘Timeless Thomas,’ by Gene Barretta - NYTimes.com
Gene Barretta’s picture book “Timeless Thomas” takes readers inside Thomas Edison’s lab.
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TIMELESS THOMAS by Gene Barretta, Gene Barretta | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of TIMELESS THOMAS How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives. A fine introduction to Thomas Edison's exceptional inventions, innovations and career--and how his work continues to affect our lives today.
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Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

Gene Barretta has written and illustrated several award-winning books for young readers, including Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci and Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, as well as Dear Deer and Zoola Palooza. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Leslie, and their son, Ben. [genebarretta.com]

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Timeless Thomas
How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, New York Charlotte Award Master List, Utah Beehive Book Award Master List

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Kindle Format 8
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
July 2012
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466816831
ISBN10: 146681683X
eBook Picture Book - Amazon
9 x 10 inches, 40 pages, full color throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5
$9.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
July 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805091083
ISBN10: 0805091084
Picture Book Nonfiction
9 x 10 inches, 36 pages, full color throughout
Age Range: 6 to 10
Grade Range: 1 to 5
$17.99
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