Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Really Cool Inventor

The Coolest Inventor: Willis Haviland Carrier and His Air Conditioner by Alison and Stephen Eldridge

Here's a snippet: "When Willis was in school, he had trouble understanding math with fractions. His mother had him cut up apples to work out problems with them. This taught Willis that he could solve problems if he just broke them down into simple pieces."

This book gives steps for young inventors to take  when they get a great idea.
It also includes a timeline, a glossary called words to know, books and websites, and an index.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist
Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: the Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist by Philip Dray is a picture book biography of the enterprising African American woman who began life as a slave  and then went on to become a teacher and journalist who exposed the evil practice of lynching.

When her parents died Ida began teaching to support her siblings. This snippet reflects the preparation Ida made:
"Her aunt lowered the hems of Ida's dresses and taught her to put her hair up. When she saw herself in the mirror, Ida couldn't believe her eyes: she looked like a grown-up!"

The back-matter includes additional information about Ida, lynching and a bibliography.

 The title  is the signature Ida used for her writing.  

Monday, June 2, 2014

Barreling Over Niagra Falls

Barreling Over Niagara Falls by Nancy Kelly Allen is a picture book biography about Annie Edson Taylor, a woman of big dreams.

As a child she dreamed of becoming a music teacher and did.
She also taught dance.
And then she  got an even bigger idea.
"Annie would do what no one had ever done-ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel."
Read how she implemented her plan.  The book gives a description of how she built her barrel.