Sunday, July 31, 2022

~ MMGM THE SECRET GARDEN OF GEO WASH CARVER ~

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~  MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY PICTURE BOOK
BIOGRAPHY ~
--  'THE SECRET GARDEN OF
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER'  --
WRITTEN BY:  GENE BARRETTA
ILLUSTRATED BY:  FRANK MORRISON
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Author Bio, and My Review~
  
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ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:

The story of George Washington Carver and his childhood secret garden is brought to life in this picture book biography.
 
When George Washington Carver was just a young child, he had a secret: a garden of his own.
 
Here, he rolled dirt between his fingers to check if plants needed more rain or sun. He protected roots through harsh winters, so plants could be reborn in the spring. He trimmed flowers, spread soil, studied life cycles. And it was in this very place that George’s love of nature sprouted into something so much more—his future.
 
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from Goodreads}:

Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin and Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. He is also author and illustrator of Dear Deer, which was a Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the Parenting Magazine Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife and son.
 
 
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MY REVIEW:
This is Part 2 of my George Washington Carver features. If you missed last week's post on a Rookie Reader bibliography of this inspiring American, you may find it at:

This beautiful picture book biography of Mr. Carver caught my eye on the library shelf because of its evocative cover artwork which made me want to read the book the instant I glanced at it!

The beginning of the book reviews the information about Mr. Carver's early life as a member of an enslaved family of three who were owned by Mr. and Mrs. Carver in Diamond Grove, Missouri. When he was an infant, he and his mother were kidnapped in 1864 and taken to Arkansas. George was rescued by a family friend, but his mother was never seen again.

Skip forward to 1874 . . . Readers are introduced to a garden the boy kept hidden on the Carver's farm. He liked to grow flowers, but the Carvers told him not to let his love of flowers take him away from his real chores. 

George was a sickly child, so he spent more time collecting rocks and filling the house with interesting plants. Susan Carver taught him to be helpful by teaching him creative ways of making use of the little that they had to make sewing needles from turkey feathers, dyes from nuts and berries, and medicine from plants and leaves. 

His dream was to go to school to learn as much as he could about stones, flowers, insects, birds, and beasts. However, the schools were segregated and he was not permitted to attend schools for White children. 

This determined child decided to study nature by creating his own 'classroom' in the woods on the Carver's farm. He wanted to grow flowers. He made a decision to grow his flowers in a secret garden. He called God 'the Great Creator', and he believed his garden was a gift from God. He experimented with seeds and a variety of growing techniques. 

He used berries to make paints along with twigs and grasses to make paintbrushes. Then he painted the life cycles of the flowers in his garden. He discovered how to protect the roots of his plants during the harsh Missouri winters so that the plants would return in the spring.

The secret got out about George's ability to heal sick plants, so part of his garden was used as a plant hospital. Neighbors called George the 'Plant Doctor.' With great relief, he realized he no longer needed to keep his garden a secret.

At the age of twelve, he left home on his own to become educated and to give back to 'his' people as he had learned from an early mentor. In 1896 he graduated from Iowa Agricultural College as the first Black man to study at, graduate from, and teach there.

Booker T. Washington hired George to teach agriculture at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver built the institute's first farming laboratory. Along with all of his experiments with peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes, he taught the local farmers how to improve their yield by growing food crops over cotton.

Mr. Carver created a traveling schoolhouse to visit poor farmers. The Jessup Agricultural Wagon offered "everything from tool demonstrations to medical care to pamphlets on how to improve farms and live healthier." 

The book ends with this powerful quote from George Washington Carver, 

"Regard Nature.
Revere Nature.
Respect Nature."

Back Matter includes a detailed timeline beginning with his birth and ending with the entry that in 1945 the US Congress designated the anniversary of his death--January 5, 1943--as George Washington Carver Recognition Day; a Bibliography; and a Further Reading list.

Highly-recommended for children and adults alike!

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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.
 
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Thursday, July 28, 2022

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE OFF THE CHAIN ~

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~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
TAKEOVER TOUR:
--  'OFF THE CHAIN'  --
AUTHOR JANICE THOMPSON
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Author Bio & Giveaway~
 
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Off the Chain JustRead Takeover Tour

 

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Off the Chain by Janice Thompson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Off the Chain
Title:  Off the Chain 
Series:   Gone to the Dogs Mysteries #1 
Author:   Janice Thompson 
Publisher:   Barbour Fiction 
Release Date:   July 1, 2022 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery, Christian 

The Town of Brenham, Texas, Has Gone to the Dogs! 

Curl up with your pup and sink into a delightful small-town mystery as riddles and rescues stack up in book one of a new cozy mystery series

Marigold Evans’s first attempt at rescuing an abandoned pooch lands her in the underground sewer lines of Houston’s Buffalo Bayou. . .and almost in jail, until Parker Jenson comes to her defense. Then a bad day only gets worse as the Lone Star Vet Clinic, where they both work, is vandalized and the list of suspects starts to climb. With the help of her fellow employees, Marigold sets out to simultaneously solve the crime, rehab the rescued dog, and help more dogs in crisis. But why would anyone continue to work against all their good efforts? 

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson, who lives in the Houston area, writes novels, non-fiction, magazine articles, and musical comedies for the stage. The mother of four married daughters, she is quickly adding grandchildren to the family mix.

Connect with Janice by visiting janiceathompson.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates. 
 
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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Off the Chain and a $15 Amazon egift card!

Off the Chain JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 27, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on August 3, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

 

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

~ MMGM GEO WASHINGTON CARVER PART 1 ~

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~  MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY BIOGRAPHY FEATURE  ~
--  'GEORGE WASHINGTON 
CARVER, SCIENTIST & TEACHER'  --
AUTHOR CAROL GREENE
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, 
Author Bio & Review~ 
 
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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Goodreads):

Young children can now enjoy a biography series written just for them. "Rookie Biographies" introduce the beginning reader to interesting people who helped shape history. With short, easy-to-understand text, historical photos, and eye-catching illustrations, these introductory biographies will motivate children into wanting to learn more about noted individuals. Each book includes a index.

(from Amazon):

Describes the life and accomplishments of the former slave who became a scientist and devoted his career to helping the South improve its agriculture.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from Goodreads):

Has degrees in English Literature and musicology. She has worked in international exchange programs, as an editor, and as a teacher of writing. Lives in Webster Groves, Missouri.

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REVIEW:
 
 {NOTE:  This post is part one of two posts about Mr. Carver because I found not only this biography but another picture book with exceptional artwork depicting his life as a child which I will share with you next week for MMGM.}
 
After hearing a little about this great American recently on PBS, I realized I really didn't know much about George Washington Carver. So on my next visit to the local public library, I headed straight for the children's collection.
 
This book is from the Childrens Press Inc. 'Rookie Biography' series. I used books from this series when I taught primary grades because of the quality of the text and the illustrations.

The book begins with a photograph of Mr. Carver and a brief synopsis of the book which invites children to learn about this gifted man. 

His mother was enslaved by a couple named Moses and Susan Carver on their property in Diamond Grove, Missouri, in 1835. When George was a baby some 'raiders from the south' kidnapped Mary and George and took them to Arkansas. George was returned to the Carvers by a friend, but he and his brother, Jim, never saw their mother again.

The brothers were raised by the Carvers. The family was able to attend church together, but the boys were not allowed to attend the local school because they were black. So Susan and Moses Carver helped George to learn to read and write.

He wanted a real education so when he was 12 he left home to try to find a place where he could learn. He moved around from school to school in Kansas for a few years until he went to Simpson College in Iowa.

George earned two degrees from Iowa State. Booker T. Washington asked George to come teach at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The young man felt that it was the right place for him, so he moved there and began working with farmers in the area to help them plant crops other than cotton. Cowpeas (I know these as 'black-eyed peas') and sweet potatoes grew well there. He taught them how to make compost and use it to enrich the soil.
 
The most powerful part of his story for me was that George believed that God had a plan for him--He wanted George to help other black people.

He worked in his lab and did research on peanuts. He discovered/developed three hundred products from peanuts!  He appeared before a Congressional committee to share about sweet potatoes and peanuts. The committee originally allowed him ten minutes to speak. Soon they told him to continue sharing, and he ended up speaking for almost two hours. 

He received offers from many large companies where he would be paid a lot of money to work for them. He always said 'no' because he believed in the Lord's plan for his life. He would stay a teacher.

George's greatest joy was working with white and black students sharing about nature and what he had made from plants. He started a museum and a foundation; he won many awards for his work. He was nearly eighty years old when he died.
 
An 'Important Dates' timeline is included in the Back Matter for this book.

In summary, I was moved by this man's dedication to his career and to the inner strength he garnered when he was criticized and shunned because of his race. I admire his steadfast faith in the Lord's plan for his life. He inspired countless young people over his years of service at the Tuskegee Institute and beyond.

Highly-recommended for teachers, librarians, and families who want to share the life story of a selfless and inspirational American whose discoveries continue to be used to grow food crops to feed millions.
 
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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.
 

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