Tuesday, November 17, 2009

All Things Kid Lit: The Boy Who Invented TV

Picture Book Pick of the Week:




The Boy Who Invented TV
by Kathleen Krull
Pub: Knopf, 2009
ISBN: 9780375845611
40 pages
Biography









Summary in a Sentence:

Presents a picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth, who created the world's first television image in 1928.



From Booklist:

When Philo Farnsworth was growing up at the turn of the last century, electricity was hard to come by, but he was intrigued by new inventions like the phonograph. By the time he was 11, there were power lines around the family farm. He was particularly intrigued by what was then just a thought: television. At 14, Philo was plowing a field, and the parallel lines sparked an idea about breaking down images into lines of light, capturing them and transmitting them into electrons that would be resassembled into a complete picture. In an attention-holding narrative, Krull explains how Farnsworth held on to his dream to develop television, and in smart, concise fashion ably explains scientific concepts behind it.

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5 comments:

Ryan G said...

Thank you for bringing these books to my attention. I will be getting these for my son.

Nina said...

Great books. I do like The Boy Who Invented TV, its very informative and fun for little kids.

Kirthi said...

The Boy Who Invented TV...I've barely read any picture book biography's besides Helen Keller, but this makes me want to read them more often. The illustrations are gorgeous. Thanks for suggesting them :)

Veens said...

God all of them are so cute! I am sure I will return to this post, to find something for my young cousins!

Eva said...

I think my niece might enjoy this one! She's coming for a visit next month, and I'll be sure to try it out with her. :)

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