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Book Title: Robert Fulton Boy Craftsman|
The author of the book: Marguerite Henry
ISBN 13: 9780672501586
Edition: Bobbs-Merrill Company
Date of issue: June 2000
Format files: PDF
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Do you have a child who’s always coming up with ideas or working on projects? My middle child is one of those.
This biography for children is about the boy who grew up to construct the first successful steamboat, The Clermont in 1807. Robert Fulton was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1765, and as his father died when he was only three or four years old, he became a gunsmith’s apprentice at a young age. Mrs. Henry’s story depicts Robert as a bright and inventive lad who was always coming up with ideas and finding better ways to do things. She also portrays young Robert as a helpful, responsible, hard-working boy who is thoughtful, kind, and patient towards others.
“Even as a boy he was the kind to see a way to improve things. He always finished up whatever he set out to do, too, and he made a fine job of it. Bob was never happy unless he was making something – something according to a plan.”
This engaging biography follows Robert Fulton as he designs and makes one thing after another: a candlestick for his mother, lead pencils, ink, paint brushes, fireworks, and paddle wheels for a fishing boat — all by the age of 17. Robert demonstrates the great quality of resourcefulness as a boy who is able to “make much out of little,” as his schoolmaster remarks on one occasion. In 1778, when the American colonies were at war with Great Britain, Fulton worked for a gunsmith repairing firearms. Because of the war, the gunsmiths were always busy, and although a sign was posted outside the shop which read “No Visitors Allowed,”
"All the gunsmiths welcomed Bob. Even though he was only twelve, his head was full of ideas. And his ideas worked. When he suggested a change in the design of a gun, the men listened with respect."
However there were times – both in this story and in real life – that he was mocked and teased for his crazy “notions” or told that a plan he had was impossible. But Robert Fulton remained tenacious and confident in his designs and never allowed the doubts of others to discourage him from moving forward.
As an adult Fulton’s designs, inventions, and patents include machines for spinning flax and making rope, a mill for sawing marble, power shovels for canal digging, and a submarine torpedo-boat. And his first steamboat became a system of steam ferryboats used to transport passengers and cargo on the Hudson River, and eventually improved navigation on other major river systems of the United States.
Based on articles and information that I found, Henry’s book seems to give quite an accurate account of Fulton’s life and achievements. During his lifetime, Fulton was a portrait and landscape artist, an engineer, and an inventor, but one article referred to Fulton as more of an innovator than an inventor. He worked with several important famous individuals, including Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin West, Robert Livingston, and Napoleon. This biography of Robert Fulton mentions his connections with all of these men.
This book is a great story to show kids that persistence pays off, and to remind parents that not all children learn the same way and sometimes we just need to allow them to experiment, to express themselves, and to learn by trying and doing. I read this book aloud with my kids when they were between the ages of 5 and 9, and it’s an especially good choice for homeschoolers because it can be used to teach children about history, science, and vocabulary, as well as character building. The edition I used (published by Mile-Hi) has at the back a timeline of events related to Robert Fulton’s life, a list of vocabulary words used in the story, comprehension questions, and suggestions for supplemental activities and research.
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Read information about the authorMarguerite Henry (April 13, 1902-November 26, 1997) was an American writer. The author of fifty-nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors. Among the more famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel books.
"It is exciting to me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower ... even in the new age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder and challenge." This quote was from an article about Henry published in the Washington Post on November 28, 1997, in response to a query about her drive to write about horses.
Marguerite Henry inspired children all over the world with her love of animals, especially horses. Author of over fifty children's stories, including the Misty of Chincoteague series, Henry's love of animals started during her childhood. Unfortunately, Henry was stricken with a rheumatic fever at the age of six, which kept her bedridden until the age of twelve. Born to Louis and Anna Breithaupt, the youngest of the five children, Henry was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Because of her illness, Henry wasn't allowed to go to school with other children because of her weak state and the fear of spreading the illness to others. While she was confined indoors, she discovered the joy of reading. Soon afterwards, she also discovered a love for writing when her father, a publisher, presented her with a writing desk for Christmas. On the top of stacks of colored paper her father wrote, “Dear Last of the Mohicans: Not a penny for your thoughts, but a tablet. Merry Christmas! Pappa Louis XXXX.”
Henry's first published work came at the age of eleven, a short story about a collie and a group of children, which she sold to a magazine for $12. Henry always wrote about animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, foxes, and even mules, but chiefly her stories focused on horses.
In 1923, she married Sidney Crocker Henry. During their sixty-four years of marriage they didn't have children, but instead had many pets that inspired some of Marguerite’s stories. They lived in Wayne, Illinois.
In 1947, she published Misty of Chincoteague and it was an instant success. Later, this book—as well as Justin Morgan had a Horse and Brighty of the Grand Canyon—were made into movies.
She finished her last book, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, just before her death on November 26, 1997 at the age of 95.
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