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The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

A Picture story book



The Unexpected Light of Thomas Alva Edison

Written by Raymond Arroyo

Illustrated by Kristina Gehrmann

Zonderkidz, 2023

Hardcover 32 pages

ISBN 10 0310799236

ISBN 13 978-0310799238

Reading age 6-12 years

Grade level 1-2




Thomas Edison was so curious and eager to learn but didn’t fit into the normal conventions of his day. His mother gave him free rein to explore his curiosity, and she answered his endless questions. She also taught him tenacity and endurance, which he especially needed later in life with his lightbulb invention. This beautifully illustrated book sends a clear message to the reader that it is good to explore, ask questions, and follow your own pursuits. Home-schooled families will especially appreciate this story, and for any boys who struggle to fit into classroom expectations, this will provide inspiration.


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