Carver: A Life in Poems

Carver: A Life in Poems

by Marilyn Nelson

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George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver's achievements as a botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher. This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book by Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.

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ISBN-13: 9781629795874
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,125,434
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Marilyn Nelson is the author of The Freedom Business, Fortune’s Bones, and Carver: A Life in Poems, among other titles. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Newbery Honor Book winner, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book award winner. She lives in East Haddam, Connecticut.

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Carver: A Life in Poems 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lyrical portrait of a man that most of us know little about. We learn through poems of his background as the son of slaves, being raised by white slave-owners, and going out on his own at a very early age in search of an education. We also see the predjudice he faced, but not in an upsetting or judgemental way. We learn of his deep Christian faith, his many contributions to science, but most of all the dignity of the man and his desire to help his race. This book is appropriate even for children as young as 8, with some explanations. I believe that older children will love the flow of language as well.
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lmaddux on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
7-8th grade, read during black history month, couple of poems on God could read for discussion, how some one in that time period and those hardships viewed God and how times have changed ... how do we view God now?