The Boy Who Invented TV

The Story of Philo Farnsworth

By Kathleen Krull; Greg Couch (Illustrator)
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375845611, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

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An inspiring true story of a boy genius.

Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image. This fascinating picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity, leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The author’s afterword discusses the lawsuit Farnsworth waged and won against RCA when his high school science teacher testified that Philo’s invention of television was years before RCA’s.




About the Author
Kathleen Krull is the author of Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman; A Kid's Guide to America's Bill of Rights; and Clip, Clip, Clip: Three Stories About Hair. She has been interested in aliens and UFOs for many years, and, although she has never actually seen an alien, Kathleen hasn't ruled out the possibility that she might. Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, California.

Sue Stauffacher is a professional journalist and has been writing a children's book review column for 10 years. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Greg Couch is the illustrator of many children's books. He has received two Society of Illustrators Silver Medals. He lives in Nyack, New York.
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