Thomas Edison's 1,093 patented inventions include the light bulb, the phonograph, and significant contributions to the fields of photography and filmmaking and to what ultimately would become the national power grid. Edison's gritty way of perseveringworking day and night with many assistants, catnapping on his lab table, trying things over until he finally made a breakthroughgave birth to the modern research laboratory, where hypotheses are proposed and then tested. Combining lively text, rare period photographs, and Edison's own words, Delano paints a memorable portrait of this prolific American genius. The foreword by Edison's great-grandson adds a personal note to this exciting story that will spark kids' interest and inspire a new generation of inventors.
National Geographic's award-winning Photobiographies series provides middle-grade readers with pictorially based biographies of famous pioneers in their fields. With an emphasis on first person accounts and extraordinary archival photographs this stunningly designed series is both handsome and compelling. Maps, chronologies, resource guides, bibliographies, and indices make this the perfect choice for report writers.