The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison (Turnabout Tales)

The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison (Turnabout Tales)

By Raymond Arroyo
Product Code: 9780310799238

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The first book in the Turnabout Tales series is a picture book history of one of America's most renowned innovators, Thomas Alva Edison, and a narrative about how a little spark can become a large light, written by New York Times bestselling author and news anchor Raymond Arroyo.

Nobody thought much of Thomas Alva Edison while he was young. He couldn't concentrate at school and caused havoc around the home. His mother saw inventiveness and curiosity where others saw a distracted and unruly youngster. Al, as he was known as a small kid, was schooled at home by his mother, who monitored his rigorous at-home education while also giving him enormous latitude to explore and fantasize. Those formative years of encouragement and loving direction shaped the man who would use those vital teachings, as well as his fertile imagination, to create the phonograph, motion picture camera, light bulb, and other inventions.

In The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison readers will:

  • meet the larger-than-life personality of Thomas Alva Edison
  • hear an inspiring tale of an underdog overcoming all the odds
  • learn about the power of curiosity and imagination
  • take a carefully researched and actively told romp through history


The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison includes:

  • an annotated list of resources and suggested reading
  • realistic illustrations by artist Kristina Gehrmann
  • an author’s note by Raymond Arroyo, the author of the bestselling The Spider Who Saved Christmas

The Turnabout Stories series tells the little-known but interesting tales of historical characters who rose from underdog to hero, as well as the adults who encouraged them to be true to themselves and do great things that impacted the world.

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