The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver and Science and Invention in America

The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver and Science and Invention in America

by Cheryl Harness
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The multitalented hand of Cheryl Harness creates another winning combination of history, biography, and illustration: the inspiring story of a man who rose from slavery to worldwide fame as America’s Plant Doctor.

Follow the action as Confederate raiders kidnap young Carver—along with his mother and siblings—and sell them to Arkansas slaveholders. Here, whooping cough threatens George’s life, yet the disease will be the key to his future. Unable to work in the fields, he spends his days studying plants. His desire for knowledge leads him to the rich farmlands of Iowa, where he becomes the first black student—and later the first black faculty member—at the state university. Carver pioneers hundreds of new uses for plants and revolutionizes American agriculture by teaching farmers the value of rotating cotton with nitrogen-rich crops. Cheryl Harness’ lively narrative follows Carver’s rise to international fame: our hero dines at the White House, works with Henry Ford, and testifies to Congress. The book’s vivid illustrations are an invitation to step back in time and become an active participant in this compelling story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426301964
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 02/12/2008
Series: Cheryl Harness Histories Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 749,575
Product dimensions: 7.63(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile: NC1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of some 35 children’s books, including seven picture book biographies for National Geographic. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America’s historical heroes and heroines. She has won multiple awards and now lives in her historic hometown of Independence, MO. Visit Cheryl Harness at her Web site:

Table of Contents

Introduction     7
An Inordinate Desire for Knowledge     11
Mary of Diamond Grove
A Hard Beginning in a Harsh Place
The Larger World
A Green Thumb and a Hungry Mind
Sunshine and Shadow     29
The Wandering Years
Jim Crow
Home on the Prairie
The Golden Door of Freedom     51
A Real Human Being
The Greatest Good
College Man
BTW and GWC     67
Riding the Southbound Train
Turn of the Century
Tuskegee Troubles
The Principal
The Sage of Tuskegee     93
Into the Light
A Crippled Nation
Gold Out of Straw, Plastic Out of Beans
War: The Sequel
A Peaceful Life in a Perilous World
Catching the Vision
And Then What?
More Information     133
Chronology     134
Science & Invention March On     136
Resources for Young Scientists and Inventors     138
Author's Resources     139
Index     141
Credits     143

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