A Weed is a Flower – The Life of George Washington Carver
Written and Illustrated by: ALIKI
Story read by Sarah:
When George Washington Carver was born he had many things against him. He was kidnapped as a baby but was found soon after by his owner. He was a very unusual child. He loved plants. If he ever had a dying plant he would find out why and keep it from dying. He had a garden and was called “The Plant Doctor”. He left his slave owner’s house at 10 to discover all his questions. He would go to any school he found along the way and he would listen from the outside as slaves could not study inside schools.
He didn’t have a home which means he stayed in different houses. He tried to save money for college. By the time he went to college he was 30 years old! Most kids with parents go to college way earlier. But another problem he had was that most colleges didn’t allow blacks to study. So he went to Iowa and found a college that was glad to have a black student. He was good at piano and was a good artist. But he was best at agriculture.
He then went to Alabama to teach at the Tuskegee. He wanted to help poor people. He set up a place where he taught farmers how to take care of their crops. He taught them to cultivate peanuts and sweet potatoes instead of just cotton. George Washington Carver was very smart. He learned to make over 100 products from sweet potatoes and over 300 products from peanuts. He used all his talents to help others and was never interested in making money. He was honored with many awards.This baby that had no hope became one of the best scientists of his country!
George Washington Carver did his best because of his faith in Jesus. He believed that his life honored God when he worked hard and helped others. He was a good example to me of how to live for Jesus.
This is a good book because it taught me about the life of a great inventor and scientist. George Washington Carver was a very good example for me.
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