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The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

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Publisher Comments:

An inspiring true story of a boy genius.

Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the worlds first television image. This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The authors afterword discusses the lawsuit Farnsworth waged and won against RCA when his high school science teacher testified that Philos invention of television was years before RCAs.

Review:

"This entertaining book explores the life of inventor Philo Farnsworth, who discovered how to transmit images electronically, leading to the first television. Farnsworth's early days are spent studying science magazines and dreaming about the applications of electricity. Later, Farnsworth persuades investors to fund his efforts, which, with the assistance of his wife, Pem, result in the first, primitive 'electronic television' in 1927 (incidentally, Pem became the first person ever to be televised). Krull's substantial, captivating text is balanced by Couch's warm, mixed-media illustrations. His muted tones suggest the grainy light of early TV screens and bring home the message about curiosity and perseverance. Ages 5 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. Includes an Afterword by the author. Full color.

Synopsis:

The amazing true story of the Acerra family from New Jersey, whose 12 boys formed their own semi-professional baseball team in the 1930s. The team was the longest-running all-brother team in historyand#160;and is honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Synopsis:

The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the

1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball

team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother

team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for

and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way

could stop them.

Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly

brought to life by Audrey Vernickand#8217;s expert storytelling and Steven Salernoand#8217;s stunning

vintage-style art.

Synopsis:

Wild West chaos and creative problem solving are the force behind a well-loved American institution. Whatand#8217;s a California miner to do when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedy wardrobe, he may as well be mining in the vanilla (that is, his birthday suit)! Good thing Levi Strauss is out west, ready with his needle and a head full of bright ideas. With some quick thinking, quicker stitching, and handy arithmetic, Levi keeps all the gold rushers clothedand#8212;and becomes a modern American hero. A Wild West tall tale, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea celebrates creativity, innovation, and the ubiquitous item that fills the closets of grateful jeans wearers worldwide.

About the Author

Kathleen Krull is the author of a number of highly praised picture-book biographies. She lives in San Diego, California.

Greg Couch is the illustrator of Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson and many other picture books. He lives in Nyack, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375845611
Author:
Krull, Kathleen
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Couch, Greg
Author:
illustrated by Greg Couch
Author:
Salerno, Steven
Author:
Couch, Greg
Author:
Vernick, Audrey
Author:
Innerst, Stacy
Author:
Johnston, Tony
Subject:
Inventors -- United States.
Subject:
Farnsworth, Philo Taylor
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Subject:
Inventors
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Baseball
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.5 x 9.5 in
Age Level:
05-08

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Product details 40 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375845611 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This entertaining book explores the life of inventor Philo Farnsworth, who discovered how to transmit images electronically, leading to the first television. Farnsworth's early days are spent studying science magazines and dreaming about the applications of electricity. Later, Farnsworth persuades investors to fund his efforts, which, with the assistance of his wife, Pem, result in the first, primitive 'electronic television' in 1927 (incidentally, Pem became the first person ever to be televised). Krull's substantial, captivating text is balanced by Couch's warm, mixed-media illustrations. His muted tones suggest the grainy light of early TV screens and bring home the message about curiosity and perseverance. Ages 5 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. Includes an Afterword by the author. Full color.
"Synopsis" by ,
The amazing true story of the Acerra family from New Jersey, whose 12 boys formed their own semi-professional baseball team in the 1930s. The team was the longest-running all-brother team in historyand#160;and is honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"Synopsis" by , The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the

1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball

team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother

team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for

and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way

could stop them.

Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly

brought to life by Audrey Vernickand#8217;s expert storytelling and Steven Salernoand#8217;s stunning

vintage-style art.

"Synopsis" by , Wild West chaos and creative problem solving are the force behind a well-loved American institution. Whatand#8217;s a California miner to do when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedy wardrobe, he may as well be mining in the vanilla (that is, his birthday suit)! Good thing Levi Strauss is out west, ready with his needle and a head full of bright ideas. With some quick thinking, quicker stitching, and handy arithmetic, Levi keeps all the gold rushers clothedand#8212;and becomes a modern American hero. A Wild West tall tale, Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea celebrates creativity, innovation, and the ubiquitous item that fills the closets of grateful jeans wearers worldwide.
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