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Timeless Thomas

Timeless Thomas

How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives

Gene Barretta; illustrations by Gene Barretta

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Gene Barretta, the author of Now & Ben, Neo Leo, and Lincoln and Kennedy, enters the laboratories of one of America's most important inventors, in this enlightening picture book, Timeless Thomas.

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.

“[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

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

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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

“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 on Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

“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 on Dear Deer

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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 Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare, 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.

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