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Timeless Thomas

How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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    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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    Dennis Miller interviews Gene Barretta, author of Timeless Thomas

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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

Praise for Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin

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

A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

A Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Book

A CCBC Choice

 

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IRA Teachers’ Choices

“This accessible introduction will inspire children to look closely at the world around them and come up with some creations of their own.” —School Library Journal

 

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A Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

An NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts

Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List

 

Praise for Zoola Palooza

“While teachers are sure to reach for this entertaining resource again and again, the humor, illustrations, wordplay and story are strong enough that casual readers will pick this up, chuckle and even (gasp!) learn.” —Kirkus Reviews

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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.
- The New York Times
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.
- Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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

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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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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