Author: Marilyn NelsonAge Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: 1 - 4
Lexile Measure: 890L
Series: Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press; 1st edition (April 9, 2001)
Details: George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver's achievements as a botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher. This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book by Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.
Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches