I was excited to choose this next title from BookSneeze because I thought I could actually use this book in our homeschool! As you know, we have been learning about American History this year. In the next few months (probably over the summer) we will be learning about George Washington Carver! So, when I saw this biography available for me to read and review, I snatched it up! 🙂
This biography, George Washington Carver by John Perry, was excellent. Honestly, I did not know if I would enjoy it or not…and moreso just started reading it for the purpose of pre-reading it for our homeschool. I wanted to see if this was a book I could use with the kids or not.
But, when I started reading it, I became very intrigued and learned so much about this wonderful man from the history of our country! Admittedly, I did not know much about this man at all. I knew that his biography was included in several of my reading lists for American History, but other than hearing something about peanuts, I was clueless. 🙂
George Washington Carver turned out to be someone that I admire greatly. Born to a slave mother, who was later kidnapped, George was raised by the white family that owned his mother. They raised George and his brother as their own and gave him many opportunities that he might otherwise have never had as a black man in America at this time in our history.
I love how George fought and fought for his education. Blacks were not allowed in many schools…but George kept on trying til he found places that would accept him. He didn’t give up. His whole life was a beautiful lesson in perseverance. I learned that George was also a many of faith and prayer. I can’t wait to share about this man with my kids.
After years and years of fighting for and obtaining his own education, Carver became a man who gave back. He was a teacher and professor to many students in the field of agriculture. He loved teaching and showing others how to better their farms. He was brilliant in the area of plants and soil. I am amazed at how he showed a love for sharing this wealth of information with others to help them provide for themselves.
This biography is probably a little wordier and gives more detail than I would read aloud with my children at their ages. However, I think if you had a middle schooler or older, this book would be appropriate for students to read. While I won’t be reading this book to my kids, I will be sharing lots about what I learned from it with them!
**I received this book free of charge from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review of the book here on my blog.