HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Tom Edison’s Bright Ideas
Author: Jack Keller
Illustrator: Lane Yerkes
Publisher: Heinemann Library, 1989
ISBN-13: 978-0817235321 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0817235329 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0811467339 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0811467333 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 6-9
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Keller, Jack. Tom Edison’s Bright Ideas (published in 1989 by Heinemann Library). Thomas Alva Edison (Feb. 11, 1847–Oct. 18, 1931) was born in Milan, OH, and grew up in Port Huron, MI. When I graduated from college, the first place I lived and worked was Sandusky, OH, just a few miles north of Milan. Edison’s birthplace is part of a museum, but we never had the chance to visit it. We checked this Real Reading Level Green book out of the library to accompany our older son Mark’s homeschool science studies in second grade. It is a good introductory biography of the famous inventor for beginning readers that focuses on his research with electricity and his development of the incandescent electrical light bulb, and is especially helpful for children beginning to develop a curiosity about inventions and their inventors. Also, many children will identify with Edison’s struggles in school though he was obviously very intelligent and talented. In fact, after three months of formal schooling, Edison’s mother took him out of school and taught him at home.