Essential Lives Set 1

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Essential Lives introduces the people who have shaped the world, impacted humanity, and changed the course of history.

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Essential Lives Set 1 (8 titles)
Abraham Lincoln: 16th U.S. President 7.7
Benjamin Franklin: The Inventive Founding Father 7.4
Bill Gates: Microsoft Founder 7.3
Harriet Tubman: Engineer of the Underground Railroad 6.8
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Creator of the Little House Books 6.2
Leonardo da Vinci: The Famed Renaissance Man 6.8
Thomas Edison: American Inventor 7.2
Wright Brothers: Inventing Flight for Man 7.5
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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
BISACS JNF007070, JNF007050
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Biographies, History
Copyright 2008
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Essential Library
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Season 2007-08-01
ISBN 9781599288383, 9781617852183
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 920-921
Graphics Full-color illustrations, 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.25 x 9.25
Features Table of contents, Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, Sources for further research, Timeline of key events, and Reviewed
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Essential Lives Set 8 - Booklist

This series does an excellent job of depicting each individual as a nuanced human rather than an icon.

Leonardo da Vinci (Essential Lives) – School Library Journal

Many readers will only know Leonardo da Vinci as the artist of the Mona Lisa when they open this book, but they will likely finish it with a greater sense of interest and intrigue about him. The author includes discussions of not only the man as an artist but also as scientist, teacher, and philosopher. His life is put into historical context with brief mentions of wars and political turnovers that affected his work and commissions. The last chapter, “Leonardo’s Legacy,” stands out as his achievements are put into context for those who may not comprehend what the past has to do with the world today.

Bill Gates (Essential Lives) – School Library Journal

These biographies provide an update on Gates’s professional and personal life. Each account follows the now-familiar journey of the young computer genius from a prominent Seattle family to Harvard dropout, multibillionaire technology visionary, and defendant in lawsuits. What these books do is focus more than earlier biographies on his and wife Melinda’s philanthropic work throughout the world, including their health and education initiatives. Schuman’s volume stands out a bit from the others by being both the most readable and the one with the strongest coverage of the Gateses’ public leadership role.

Laura Ingalls Wilder (Essential Lives) – School Library Journal

This readable biography further amplifies Wilder’s life and correlates it with her books. . . . [It] does not gloss over the difficult life faced by pioneers in the latter half of the 19th century and includes events that Wilder deemed too difficult for young readers. . . . The many sidebars expand the text and provide facts. . . . This volume is packed with relevant material, a time line, archival photographs, quotes from primary sources, and an official Web site.

Laura Ingalls Wilder (Essential Lives) – Booklist

Beginning with a publishing history of Little House in the Big Woods (1932), this title in the Essential Lives series first explains how the Great Depression affected Wilder personally and professionally. Berne then recounts the highlights of Wilder’s life, emphasizing how reality differed from her published fiction. Frequent sidebars add more detailed information to the main narrative, while maps, period photographs and drawings, and contemporary pictures of key sites add clarity and interest.