Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta


by Gene Barretta
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

This nonfiction book explores several of Edison’s more well-known inventions and how they were precursors to today’s modern life. The large, color cartoon illustrations are appealing and feature diverse children. I really liked that each page spread started with something in the present day on the left, and then explored which of Edison’s inventions it came from on the right. There is also a timeline, a little information about many of the scientists Edison employed, and Thomas Trivia. My favorite fact is that, while Edison championed the use of “hello” for answering the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to answer the phone by saying “ahoy hoy.” Try it – it’s fun!

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