Monday, November 25, 2013

Bibliophile's Corner

Electrical Wizard
How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
by Elizabeth Rusch
and illustrated by Oliver Dominguez

Flap Copy Description:
Move over, Thomas Edison! Serbian-American inventor Nikola tesla takes center stage in the first-ever picture-book biography of the man responsible for lighting our lives with electricity.

When Nikola Tesla was three years old, he noticed how his hand produced tiny sparks when he stroked his cat. He was enchanted by this thing called electricity, and by the time he was a teenager, he made a vow: one day, he would turn the rushing waters of Niagara Falls into electricity. In a flash of inspiration, Tesla realized that this, and so much more, would be possible by harnessing the mysterious power of alternating currents.

Tesla faced many obstacles along the way, including the great American inventor Thomas Edison, who was a staunch defender of the direct-current electrical system. But Tesla worked tirelessly to prove that AC, not DC, was the wave of the future. He proved it at the Chicago World's Fair and at Niagara Falls - and his proof lives on today in a world transformed by his inventions.

My Thoughts:
The reason I am reviewing a picture book (the first one) on Bibliophile's Corner today, is due to the powerful impact I believe this biography could have upon multitudes of children. Learning about the life of the amazing Tesla was not only enlightening, but extremely inspirational. Among the many attributes I could mention about this book, the one that stands out most to me is the book's ability to teach children the necessity of perseverance if they are to see their dreams come true. I would highly recommend this book to children of all ages!

To learn more about the award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch,
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