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It's a Snap!

George Eastman's First Photograph

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Bill Slavin

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list price: $8.99
edition:Paperback
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published: Aug 2013
ISBN:9781770495135
publisher: Tundra
Description

George Eastman had a new hobby: photography. The year was 1877, and photography was not as easy as you might think. It cost a lot and the equipment was bulky, but George was about to change all that. What he lacked in formal education, George more than made up for in ingenuity: he invented dry plates, film, and the Brownie camera! The rest is history.
     For anyone who has ever taken a picture or posed for one, It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph, with its playful, informative text and lively illustrations, is a splendid introduction to biography, to photography, and to the amazing man who had so much to do with putting picture-taking within reach of us all.

About the Authors

Monica Kulling is the author of over fifty books for children, including Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America’s Children, illustrated by Julianna Swaney, and On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children’s Rights, illustrated by Felicita Sala. She has also written the popular Great Idea series, and her work has been nominated for many awards, including numerous Silver Birch Express and Golden Oak awards. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto.

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BILL SLAVIN is a celebrated illustrator who lives in Millbrook Ontario. He has illustrated over 40 books for children, including The Cat Came Back.
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Contributor Notes

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monica Kulling is a poet who has published many books for children, including picture books, adaptations of classic novels, and biographies. Known for introducing biography to children who are just learning to read, she has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart, among others. Her book It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph, illustrated by Bill Slavin, was the first in Tundra's Great Idea Series, followed by All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine and In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up. Monica Kulling is also the author of the hilarious Merci Mister Dash! Visit her website at www.monicakulling.ca. The author lives in Toronto, Canada.

Bill Slavin has illustrated over eighty books for children, including The Big Book of Canada by Christopher Moore, The Library Book by Maureen Sawa, It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine by Monica Kulling. Among his many honors, he has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature. Bill lives near Millbrook, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Editorial Review

Praise for It's a Snap!

"Monica Kulling's charming It's a Snap! ... tells Eastman's story with panache and Bill Slavin's entertaining pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations push the humor up a notch. This is terrific storytelling...." -School Library Journal

"Cameras were once huge and bulky. Then along came George Eastman, who put photography within reach of us all. Based on a true (and fascinating) story." - Scholastic Parent & Child

"Monica Kulling and Bill Slavin offer a unique look at the interesting life and many accomplishments of George Eastman.... This book is a great way to introduce your children to the wonders of photography." - Shutterbug Magazine

"...accessible picture book biography... The strong narrative is peppered with snappy dialogue. Bill Slavin's pen, ink and watercolour illustrations are equally engaging.... This first book in the Great Idea Series is a picture-perfect introduction to biographies for beginning readers." - Excellent, Resource Links

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It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph (Great Idea)

It’s A Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph is an inspirational biographic introduction to George Eastman’s fantastic adventures in photography. While students nowadays hardly refer to digital images as snapshots, they soon learn just why the moniker was indicative of the process years ago.

Monica Kulling prefaces the biography with a short poem called “Making History” which brilliantly assesses the value of pictures. This same theme is followed throughout the book as the reader watches George recording life: “When George traveled, he took pictures. When George stayed at home, he took pictures.”

Allowing young children to understand the idea of a biography being the story of a person’s life is one way of helping to establish the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Why did George want to change the way people took photos? How did he accomplish his mission? What was the timeline for changing the way people could take pictures? Good books make for good questions and children love to ask them. Bravo, Monica Kulling!

Bill Slavin’s watercolour and ink illustrations easily allow the reader to travel back in time. The fashions of the late nineteenth century depict the lifestyle of the characters George meets. Especially wonderful is his double-page spread in a “golden goose-like” scenario whereby the grocer, the baker, the blacksmith, the cobbler, and half a dozen others follow the fascinating idea of having their picture taken. The sepia-coloured photos illustrating George’s early pictures portray turn of the century locations. The poster on the inside of the book’s jacket (a clever way to introduce a book talk on biography) reads: “A splendid introduction to the amazing man who had so much to do with putting picture-taking within reach of us all.” Digital, computer-generated, cell phone, ipod images follow our daily actions… could George Eastman have envisioned the revolution he started?

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

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It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph (Great Ideas)

Say cheese! Photography wouldn’t be what it is today if it hadn’t been for American, George Eastman (1854- 1932). Known as the father of popular photography, he brought this visual art form to masses of amateur shutterbugs with his inventions of flexible roll film, the Kodak camera of 1888, and the $1 Brownie camera of 1900.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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