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The crayon man : the true story of the invention of Crayola crayons / by Natascha Biebow ; illustrated by Steven Salerno.

Biebow, Natascha (author.). Salerno, Steven, (illustrator.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury JB BINNEY, E BIE (Text to phone) 34005145476015 Juvenile Biography Checked out 03/30/2021

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: "Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world's most beloved toys"--Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 6-9.
K to Grade 3.
Awards Note:
Charter Oak Children’s Book Award (COCBA) Nominee, 2019-2020.
Subject: Binney, Edwin Juvenile literature
Binney & Smith Co. Juvenile literature
Binney, Edwin
Binney & Smith Co.
Industrialists United States Biography Juvenile literature
Crayons History Juvenile literature
Picture books for children
Industrialists
Crayons
Genre: Biographies.
Picture books.
Picture books for children.

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 132886684X
The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
by Biebow, Natascha; Salerno, Steven (Illustrator)
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The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

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Gr 1-4-For many children, crayons are ubiquitous, everyday items, but as this informational picture book attests, that wasn't always the case. The hero of this tale is Edwin Binney, American businessman and inventor. In the early 1900s, Binney (who'd already pioneered dustless chalk for teachers) listened to his customers and family when they clamored for a new product: inexpensive, easy-to-use crayons for children. After a lot of messy experimentation with various materials and colors-aspiring scientists and makers may feel a surge of recognition-Binney finally struck the "top-secret formula" that eventually became Crayola crayons. Indeed, the scenes in which Binney and his team wind up covered in splotches of experimental powdered pigment stand out among Salerno's winsome, earnestly old-fashioned illustrations (which are rendered in a Crayola-inspired palette, of course). Inset text boxes on several spreads provide scientific and historical context without disrupting the narrative, and back matter includes a bibliography, biographical facts about Binney, and a photographic guide to "How Crayola Crayons Are Made Today." VERDICT A colorful addition to the shelves of picture books about inventors and inventions and all things STEAM.-Rebecca -Honeycutt, -NoveList, Durham, NC © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 132886684X
The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
by Biebow, Natascha; Salerno, Steven (Illustrator)
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The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

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It's easy to take today's ubiquitous colored crayons for granted, but they were the result of one individual's innovation. Biebow introduces Edwin Binney-a mustachioed man and head of a carbon black factory-who wished to make color-pigmented wax crayons that reflected the world outside. Salerno's illustrations reflect the formality of the era, which he playfully disrupts with splashes of color: in one spread, a line of pigment-spattered workers end a day of crayon experimentation. Readers are likely to be fascinated by the process of "grinding, grinding, grinding up rocks and minerals into fine powders" and the rich colors that result. Back matter is attention-grabbing as well, with photographs of crayon production today. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 132886684X
The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
by Biebow, Natascha; Salerno, Steven (Illustrator)
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The Crayon Man : The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

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This entertaining history of how a universally recognizable object came to be tells of businessman and inventor Edwin Binney's knack for listening and making what people needed. And when he realized that being able to affordably draw in color was what folks wanted, his creative process kicked into high gear. British author Biebow's first nonfiction picture book flows with conversational smoothness while occasional text boxes add additional insight, such as why students in the 1800s used slates in school instead of paper. It tells how Binney explored the problems he was trying to solve, experimented with chemistry and color, and brainstormed unique names until finally school crayons for educational color work were ready for kids' hands. The attractive full-page and, accordingly, brightly colorful illustrations mix realism and whimsy in Salerno's recognizable style. Back matter features a photo demonstration of how 12 million Crayolas a day are now made, a strong bibliography, and additional biographical notes on Binney and his creation.--Andrew Medlar Copyright 2018 Booklist

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