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Robert Fulton : from submarine to steamboat
Kroll, Steven.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Describes the life and work of the inventor who developed the steamboat and made it a commercial success.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 0.5 35046.
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VM140.F9 K76 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
VM140.F9 K76 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
VM140.F9 K76 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
VM140.F9 K76 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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The story of a prominent American inventor.Robert Fulton was a man who knew an opportunity when he saw one. Although he came from a poor family, he was a shrewd businessman who made the most of his connections. After meeting Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, Fulton received a letter of introduction from him that gave him entrance into some very fashionable and aristocratic circles in Europe, where Fulton went to study art. He soon changed his focus to engineering and began work on improving several naval designs. But when his schemes failed, he returned to America with a new plan to build a steamship. Although his designs weren't completely original, Robert Fulton perfected the work of previous inventors and introduced turn-of-the-century Americans to the first modern, working steamship.

Author Notes

Steven Kroll was born in Manhattan, New York on August 11, 1941. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in American history and literature in 1962, he worked as an editor of books for adults in London, England, and New York City. In the early 1970s, a children's book editor urged him to try his hand at writing for children, and he began what would become his career. His first picture book, Is Milton Missing?, was published in 1975. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 95 picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels including The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Jungle Bullies, That Makes Me Mad, Sweet America, Pooch on the Loose, and When I Dream of Heaven. He died from complications of gastrointestinal surgery on March 8, 2011 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-A disappointment on many fronts. In this picture book, Fulton's life is presented chronologically but little effort is made to explain the difficult challenges and concepts that were central to his major contributions. References to historical figures such as Charles Brownne and John Fitch lack sufficient context to provide understanding. On a single page, Kroll writes that Fulton may have contracted tuberculosis, "probably met James Rumsey," and might have seen the "first serious steamboat," leaving readers to wonder what he knows for certain about this period of the inventor's life. Terms and phrases such as "air gun" and "a square stern and tuck" are left undefined. After reading this confusing book, students will wonder why they should care about this man's life or contributions. Muted paintings, some with reference to Fulton's sketches and designs, illustrate the text. Stick with Andy R. Bowen's A Head Full of Notions (Carolrhoda, 1996).-Rosie Peasley, Empire Union School District, Modesto, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.