Some of the funniest poems you will ever read! Poetry about real life things in a kids life told in a fun way. From doughnuts to dad it is just a great book of poems! The illustrations only add to the already fantastic poetry!]]>
It is sometimes hard to move to a new town and make new friends! Opal and her dad do just that, they move too Floridak. Opal meets a crazy dog running through the local Winn-Dixie supermarket and makes her first friend. Her new friend, the dog she names Winn-Dixie, helps Opal makes a variety of new, interesting friends and togther they spend the summer listening to some great stories. Opals mother is not in the picture anymore. It is a summer of larning and growing on many levels.]]>
|An upbeat look at how quilts were actually story boards and maps to freedom for the slaves! Jacqueline Woodson is also originally from upstate SC, so a great way to show how a SC person can be an author!|
Victoria Woodhull was born into poverty in 1838; she spent most of her childhood in a variety of bad situations. Victoria and her sister began the first stock business owned by women and eventually ran for the presidency.
He was different from the vast majority of scientists because he was able to join religion and science by attributing his scientfific discoveries to inspiration from God. He explained (p. 89): “The thing I am to do and the way of doing it comes to me. The method is revealed at the moment I am inspired to create something new. Without God to draw aside the curtain, I would be helpless.”
Because he wanted to be a help to his people, he took a teaching position at Tuskegee Institute, a renowned Black institution of higher learning in Alabama which was headed by another great Black historical educator and leader, Booker T. Washington. It was at Tuskegee where Dr. Carver would discover many uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, cotton, and other common products, such as clay from which he derived pigments and formulated paints.
His love of God and his fellowmen allowed him to form lasting friendships and associations, most notably that of his friendship with Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. They had a common interest in chemurgy, a new science whose purpose was to find industrial uses for farm products. (It is now called biochemical engineering.)
Another notable person whose life was touched by Dr. Carver was Henry A. Wallace, the inquisitive young son of one of Carver’s former professors. He would later have a successful career in agriculture and would eventully serve as the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wallace was then successfully nominated as the vice presidential candidate on President Roosevelt’s ticket and was inaugurated on January 20, 1941.
Dr. Carver died on January 5, 1943. He is buried on the Tuskegee campus (as is Dr. Booker T. Washington).
This book provides a vast amount of information regarding Dr. Carver’s life (including some of his recipes for peanuts and sweet potatoes) and the discoveries he made and the accolades and honors which he received during his lifetime and posthumously.
The author notes that he was a leader in discovering industrial uses for agricultural products and opened doors for other African-American scientists, but further states that perhaps Dr. Carver’s legacy is the individual lives he touched as a teacher and mentor and the young people he guided and inspired. He had told his students (p. 113): “When you do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”