Monica Kulling: Zap Nikola Tesla Takes Charge

T his story in all schools instead of that butthead Thomas Edison s We owe Nikola Tesla a lot and this delightful introduction to his life and work is a great way to introduce children to his works and a bit of what he didIt is also a good book in that it doesn t gloss over what Edison did to him Edison was a bit of a prick and he is the reason that Hollywood exists but that is another storyThe book felt as though it had to say and ended much to uickly It would be great if there was a second book about of his lifeI new about Alternating Current but did not now he designed a radio controlled boat How cool is thatThanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review Zap Nikola Tesla Takes Charge by Monica Kulling with illustrations by Bill Slavin is a picture book telling part of the story of Nikola TeslaWe learn that Nikola Tesla was born in Smiljan Croatia and came to America with only 4 cents in his pocket He came hoping to work for Thomas Edison and he gets a job fixing the motor on a ship called the SS Oregon We also learn of the rival thoughts about electricity alternating and direct current Tesla was a champion of alternating and Edison had already invested a lot in direct so he set out to sabotage Tesla s ideas Tesla eventually gets to fulfill a promise he made to his father when he builds a generator at Niagra Falls with George WestinghouseAnd then then book ind of abruptly ends It s a review copy so I thought that might be why but the page count matches what shows Before that abrupt ending I found it completely engaging and I loved the art but the ending left me feeling like I got thrown out of the story If nothing else this book successfully attempts to show a different side of Tesla and EdisonI received a review copy of this ebook from Penguin Random House Canada Tundra Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook. Ut when the work was done Edison refused to pay Tesla uit and when things were looking bleak he met George Westinghouse who also thought that alternating current was the way to light up America He gave Tesla a job and in 1896 Tesla and Westinghouse built a generator at Niagara Falls that was able to send power as far as Buffalo New Yor.

An excellent telling of Tesla s life and works the saga and ingenuityA very worthy read from the wonderful Great Idea Series The Great Ideas series is a fantastic way to introduce the figures of STEM history to children This one is no exception Kids can learn about Nikola Tesla in a way that is easy to understand and relate to Recommended This is a very interesting and good early biography for children about a virtually unknown figure in history Nikola Tesla played a major role in the electrification of America His inventions are now being credited to him and he is being recognized for his contributionWe Love for Imperfect Things know about Thomas Edison We ve heard about Westinghouse But I d never heard about Tesla and how he helped shape the way electricity was utilizedThis story takes the reader from Tesler s beginnings in Croatia to his immigration to America His employment by Edison and later his going on to work with Westinghouse and shape the use of electricity from DC current to AC current Thomas Edison is recounted as being unpleasant to work withThe illustrations are simply wonderful Entertaining in design and they capture the essence of the period in which the story of Nikola Tesla took placeI highly recommend this book for biographic collections for elementary grade students It is written in a manner that will make reading biographies funDisclosure I won this book in a little contest I received this book as part of LibraryThing s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review Thanks to LT and the PublisherI read this to my twoids at bedtime who are 10 and 65 years old On the whole we really enjoyed it The art is really fantastic and the level was just right for entertaining both of them it doesn t feel dumbed down at all for ids It gives a great overview to Tesla s life in an engaging wayHowever we all wished that there was a little meat to this we wanted The ending felt a bit abrupt and we wonder. Growing up in Smiljan Croatia Nikola Tesla dreamed about harnessing the power of Niagara Falls In 1884 he walked down the gangplank into the New York Harbor with four cents in his pocket a book of poems a drawing of a flying machine and a letter of introduction to Thomas Edison the electrical wizard of America Upon meeting Edison sent.

Ed what else Tesla had done I understand it s a ids picture book but at the level it s written at it feels like it could have been a bit longer and have been successfulThe only other uibble I have is the cover For a book with such great illustrations the cover beige really is sooooo bland I now it s part of the Great Ideas Series and I get that some uniformity for the books might be desirable But ho Yay Tesla Boo Edison Fantastic biography We loved the story and figure Tesla is who they named the electric car after A fine work of fact beautifully illustrated and lightly chronicling the life and work of Nikola TeslaThis is a brief overview of his life starting with a dash about his life in Croatia and his arrival in New York It covers his work with Thomas Edison including but not focusing on his ill treatment by Edison and then working with George Westinghouse His patents and accomplishments are also mentionedThe book ends rather abruptly as if the final few pages had to be cut for space which is really a shame because it would be a better book for having a little information at the end and then a less ambiguous ending The illustrations perfectly suit the time period and the tone of the book Masterfully done In fact I enjoyed the art so much that I searched for other books illustrated by Bill Slavin We own about a dozen titles This is a factual and well illustrated introduction to Nikola Tesla for children and should encourage them to learn about him and his achievements I find him very fascinating and feel rather that he is at times maligned and portrayed as a horrible person in the USA This book was refreshing as it focused factually on his work Will definitely reuest for our library s collectioneARC Netgalley Awesome information and specific details in this one which acts as a accessible complement to Electric Wizard another Nikola Tesla biography Hopefully some day our children will be taugh. Tesla to fix the SS Oregon as a test and was so astounded that he offered Tesla a job at his factoryTesla and Edison had different views about electricity; Tesla wanted to develop an alternate current while Edison wanted to stick to the direct current system Edison offered Tesla a large sum to make his direct current system efficient

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Monica Kulling was born in Vancouver British Columbia She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Victoria Monica Kulling has published twenty six fiction and nonfiction books for children including picture books poetry and biographies She is best known for introducing biography to children just learning to read and has written about Harriet Tubman Houdini Eleanor Rooseve