Sunday, February 10, 2013

11th February Thomas Edison (1847 - 1931)

Thomas Edison is considered the greatest inventor of all time and is best known probably because of the light bulb, which he didn't in fact invent, but he improved it to make the incandescent light bulb, a more practical and efficient one. He did invent other things that have also brought great change in our lives. Imagine a life without CDs, videos, television or radio, because over a hundred years ago these did not exist and entertainment had to be homemade. Then Edison invented the phonograph which recorded sound for the first time. In a  picture book in our library called Edison's Fantastic Phonograph, by Diana Kimpton and M.P.Robertson, Edison's daughter, Dot tells the story of how her father did it. This book also includes a brief biography of Edison.

Another book, Timeless Thomas; How Edison Changed Our Lives  by Gene Baretta is a more comprehensive biography of Edison and a fun reader from the Flying Foxes series,  Magic Mr Edison by Andrew Copeland imbeds some of the Edison story and facts  into a tale where a boy called Dan chases his dog to Mr Edison's house. There he finds all manner of amazing inventions including a light bulb that turns on at the flick of a switch.

Each of these books make the life of Thomas Edison and his memorable inventions very accessible to young children.

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