September 28, 2015

A Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:20 am by suebe2

A Weed Is a Flower:
The Life of George Washington Carver
by Aliki
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

When George Washington Carver was born, no one looked at that sickly little baby and thought “He’s going to be a great scientist.”  Why would they?  He was small, he was sick and he was born a slave.

When he was still a baby, men stole him and his mother away from the Carvers.  Moses Carver, the man who owned George and his mother, sent someone to look for them.  He found the baby, but not the baby’s mother.  Moses and Susan, his wife, took care of George and his siblings.

They noticed that George wansn’t like the other children and it wasn’t just because he was small or sick.  He asked questions about absolutely everything that he saw.  He wanted to know about rain and flowers and even insects.  He planted a garden. When plants didn’t thrive, George worked to find out why.  Before long, the neighbors were asking this boy that they called the Plant Doctor about their own plants.

Although slaves had been freed, there were no schools nearby for their freed children.  When he was 10 George left everything behind in search of a school. He could have been a painter but George wanted to help people so he studied agriculture, he worked with plants.

I have to admit that when I requested this from my local library, I was expecting a picture book.  Maybe it was the cover.  I don’t know.  Then I picked it up and saw that it was small for a picture book, basically early reader sized.  Did I run the text through an analyzer?  No, because I don’t have time to type it out.  Suffice it to say that it is long for a picture book and, unlike many of the youngest early readers, it isn’t divided into chapters.

That said if you have a young reader who is fascinated by science or plants or George Washington Carver, share this fact filled book with them.  You’ll both be glad that you did.




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