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George Washington Carver for Kids by Peggy Thomas: a book review

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What rock have I been living under, that I had no idea George Washington Carver, the scientist whose name is forever linked in my mind with peanuts, was also an accomplished painter? That he loved music and paid for piano and voice lessons with his paintings? Talk about putting the "A" in STEAM! He, in fact, had so many interests that one of his friends commented: "Whoever heard of any one person doing half so many things?"
Who, indeed!


And that isn't all. I didn't know he built his own sod house on the frontier. I didn't know much about his many, many experiences of racism. I didn't know that he pulled himself up from nothing to put himself through college with unbelievable drive and sheer will, living in horrible, subhuman conditions, scrubbing clothes to pay his tuition. And despite all his hardships, he still comes across as just the most pleasant, inspiring, hardworking, and mindblowingly talented person you could ever meet, in the 19th centur…