|Man who loved libraries : the story of Andrew Carnegie|
Author: Larsen, Andrew
A picture book biography of American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 190291
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 71697
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/17)
School Library Journal (07/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 07/01/2017 A tiny cottage in a Scottish village was home to young Andrew Carnegie until his family sailed for America in 1848. There he helped support them with jobs as a bobbin boy, a messenger, and a telegraph operator. Carnegie, who loved reading and learning, frequently visited a private library that was open to him each Saturday. Years later, Carnegie became wealthy and returned to Scotland to build a library in his old village, one of more than 2,500 public libraries he would build around the world. The book’s back matter offers more details of Carnegie’s life and achievements. Straightforward and accessible, the text tells a familiar rags-to-riches immigrant story with an unusual ending—unusual in that the man became one of the richest in the world and his philanthropy built libraries “so that someday someone like you could feel the joy of borrowing a book like this.” The large, painterly illustrations use simplified forms and areas of flat color in pleasing compositions. An effective and quite pleasing showcase of an important literary figure. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2017 K-Gr 3—Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland in 1835 and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1848. Helping to support his family, Carnegie worked in a cotton mill. Later he became a messenger boy and then a telegraph operator with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Always a hard worker, Carnegie saved and invested his earnings. By age 35 he was a very rich man. Selling his steel mills to J.P. Morgan, Carnegie was able to fulfill his lifelong desire to give away half a billion dollars. Much of the money went to the building of libraries across the United States and around the globe. This title focuses on Carnegie's love of learning and libraries. The text is lyrical, but the highlight of the volume is Maurey's stylized drawings, which depict Carnegie in the various stages of his life. Additional information at the end of the book touches on Carnegie's dislike of labor unions, but otherwise the narrative is upbeat. VERDICT This portrayal of Carnegie and his legacy is romanticized but no doubt will appeal to young elementary school students. Large collections may want to consider.—Patricia Ann Owens, formerly at Illinois Eastern Community College, Mt. Carmel - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.