Thursday, November 26, 2009

Kidz Korner (4)

This is a special post to help you share a special book with the little ones in your life. Some of these books would make great holiday gifts! They will be reviewed by myself and my two sweeties (5 and 2). Children's books can be expensive, so we will give you some ideas of books that are worth your money.

It's a Snap!: George Eastman's First Photo by,  Monica Culling
Reading level: Ages 4-8

In 1877 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman couldn’t understand why picture-taking was so difficult. Having left school at fourteen to support his mother and two sisters, George decided to find out by making photography his hobby. He packed up glass plates, a plate holder, a tent, a heavy tripod, a thick piece of black cloth, a water jug, and chemicals and set off to take his first photograph.

George realized that not many people could own a camera — they were too expensive and the size of today’s microwave ovens! But how could he make picture-taking easier? Eventually, George created dry plates, and they were such a success that he opened his own dry-plate company in 1881. But this was only the beginning — George went on to invent film and the Brownie camera. The rest is history. (Summary from

Our thoughts...This was a very interesting book.  It discusses the history of the photograph and the Kodak Company. We leaned how the original pictures were taken, developed, and how the camera progressed to the type we are familiar with today.  It leads us through the life of George Eastman and how he turned a hobby into a very successful business.  There are some important messages in the story such as perserveriance, family support, and reaching for your dreams. 

The illustrations were nice.  They were very appropriate for the tone of the book.  Even at five, I don't think my son was ready for this book, he had trouble staying engaged.  However, I think the book would be great for slightly older children, even adults. 

Justin's Two Cents (my son always has his say)...I liked learning about how people used to take pictures.  It looked like hard work. 

Click here to purchase a copy of It's a Snap!: George Eastman's First Photo. 
To learn more about Monica Culling and her books, please follow this link.


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