The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver and Science and Invention in America . This is one of a series of books by written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness and published by the National Geographic Society. While I haven't read the others, I can tell you I was extremely impressed by this installment.
The book, as one might expect, tells the story
of George Washington Carver's life, but it goes beyond that, placing
Carver in historical context with the world around him. At the bottom of
the text throughout the entire book is an illustrated timeline of other
events / inventions / people which were significant at that time. It
made for fascinating reading all by itself, providing an interesting
snapshot of the world in which Carver lived and worked.
a talented writer and illustrator. The text is easy to read and
understand while offering a great deal of information and will keep both
young people and adults engaged. The illustrations are rendered in
black and white and are a cross between a cartoon and a realistic style.
They both break up and add to the text, helping to make the book
appealing to a wide spectrum of readers.