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Krull, Kathleen.
THE BOY WHO INVENTED TV : THE STORY OF PHILO FARNSWORTH
New York : Knopf, 2009
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN 037594561X

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Can you imagine life without television?  Most of you probably can't even imagine television without hundreds of channels.  But a hundred years ago, there was no television.  There wasn't even radio.  Or movies!  Imagine if you can.  But one boy was going to change all that.  Philo Farnsworth was a curious little boy and was fascinated by the many inventions that were being introduced.  When he was 11, he came up with the idea of an electric light machine -- television.  Just an idea then but it was the beginning of his quest to bring us this amazing light machine.

Booktalk #2

What happens to a boy with big ideas who dreams of bringing people together to share his sense of wonder in the world?  That boy just might grow up to invent something wonderful, like television.  Philo Farnsworth grew up working hard, studying hard, and learning about the thrilling world of magnetism and electricity, despite being teased and bullied at school.  Read The Boy who Invented TV to find out how  a 14-year old boy plowing a potato field envisioned how images could be transmitted.   (Pennsylvania Young Readerís Choice Awards Program Booktalks 2012-2013)

SUBJECTS:     Farnsworth, Philo Taylor, 1906-1971.
                        Inventors.
                        Television -- History.
                        Picture books for children.

 
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