George Washington Carver by Tonya Bolden4.5 STARS
Each created thing is an indispensable factor of the great whole. -- George Washington Carver
This is a thoroughly engaging, touching and illuminating biography on George Washington Carver, a thoughtful, sensitive, wise soul who, with his keen mind and love of nature (and help of some good people along the way), surmounted the slavery and prejudice of his early years to become a well-regarded teacher, researcher, and spokesperson about sustainable farming and other practices to minimize waste while maximizing enjoyment, beauty and life. Seeing the devastation (to both humans and nature), caused by poor farming practices (especially in the south with the cotton crops), Carver wanted to show people to care about the environment and to see that, by using natural resources to their fullest without exploiting any one source, even poor people could enjoy luxuries and the beauty that makes life worth living (for example, Carver made his own paints out of bark and berries when he was a boy, for there was no money to be had to buy commercial paints). Save everything. From what you have make what you want, he would say. A firm believer in a Higher Power, Carver stressed that (in Boldens words) the Great Creator was not the author of waste. Garbage was most always a failure of insight and ingenuity.
Carver is one of those historical figures whom I wish I could meet, and Id give him a big hug! Im afraid I dont have the time to go into every one of his accomplishments, all the details of his personal triumphs over adversity or the many contributions he made to agriculture, science and education. I can only encourage you to read this book. While it wasnt quite a five star book for me (a few times I felt the author intruded unnecessarily with her personal perspective), it is very close. The photographs of Carver and other memorabilia from Carvers life are just wonderful, too. There is also an extensive bibliography. Highly recommended! (Educators/Parents, note that this is an advanced picture book biography suitable for older readers; it is longer than a standard picture book and follows Carvers life but is not a storytelling story.)
16 Surprising Facts about George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver s   — January 5, , was an American agricultural scientist and inventor. He actively promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. While a professor at Tuskegee Institute , Carver developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes , as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained food recipes using peanuts. Although he spent years developing and promoting numerous products made from peanuts, none became commercially successful. Apart from his work to improve the lives of farmers, Carver was also a leader in promoting environmentalism.
George Washington Carver was born into slavery and went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver devised over products using one major crop — the peanut — including dyes, plastics and gasoline. Carver was most likely born in into slavery in Diamond, Missouri, during the Civil War years.
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Who Was George Washington Carver?
George Washington Carver , born ? Moses Carver located George but not Mary, and George lived on the Carver property until about age 10 or His efforts brought about a significant advance in agricultural training in an era when agriculture was the largest single occupation of Americans. Carver was born into slavery , the son of a slave woman named Mary, owned by Moses Carver. During the American Civil War , the Carver farm was raided, and infant George and his mother were kidnapped and taken to Arkansas to be sold.