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Kids Nonfiction 235
History & Inventions
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
'Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way,' an I Can Read book by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Gustavo Mazali, is a very interesting, historical look at the life and times of Thomas Edison. The timeline at the end of the story is particularly nice, as it brings everything together and ensures an understanding of when in Edison's life each event occurred.

Even though most people think of Edison creating the light bulb, he was also responsible for plenty of other inventions. These included a movie camera and a battery for an electric car, among others. It's always great to go beyond expectations, and Edison clearly shows how he was able to do that for himself, making it evident that others can do the same. One just has to believe in oneself to have the means to begin the path to success. His story is one of faith and encouragement to always strive for more, despite the continued success he was already experiencing.

A great read for young people learning to expand their vocabulary as well as those interested in history and inventions, 'Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way' should be added to any developing reader's bookshelf.
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A great read for young people learning to expand their vocabulary as well as those interested in history and inventions, 'Thomas Edison: Lighting the Way' should be added to any developing reader's bookshelf.
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