Tuesday, October 29, 2019
THE CRAYON MAN: THE INVENTION OF THE CRAYOLA CRAYON by Natascha Biebow, illustrated by Steven Salerno
He noticed the yellow-orange petals of the black-eyed Susans
in his garden. He marvelled at the rich scarlet-red tones of
the cardinal's feathers. He admired the deep blue-greens
of the waves in the sea.
Color made him really, really HAPPY!
So begins Natascha Bierbow's picture book biography about Edwin Binney, the man who invented crayola crayons. Binney worked at a factory where carbon black, a substance used in things like printing inks and shoe polish, was made. In his spare time, Binney invented slate pencils and a wax crayon that would write on wood and paper packaging. When his wife told him that children needed better and cheaper crayons, Binney went to work. And all of us know the result....
End pages include a two-page spread about how crayons are made today, and another page with more information about Edwin Binney.
Pair this with MAGIC RAMEN and POP, also Chris Barton's WHOOSH!