Wizard of Science – George Washington Carver

Today we are featuring this fascinating vintage comic book biography of George Washington Carver (1860 – 1943).

Carver, the son of a slave, was an American botanist, environmentalist and inventor who actively promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. While a professor at Tuskegee Institute, he developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops, such as peanuts & sweet potatoes, both as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. In an era of very high racial polarization, his fame reached beyond the black community. He was widely recognized and praised in the white community for his many achievements and talents.

This seven page story was originally published in Negro Heroes #1 way back in 1944. The full comic book, along with thousands of other vintage public domain comic books,  can be found at the Digital Comic Museum website.

To download this PDF comic book story, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save the PDF to your Mac.

Our Wonderful World

DIYhomeschooler.com offers this excellent nature study books and curriculum free to homeschoolers. Here’s what they say about it:

Our Wonderful World by Emery Lewis Howe is a rich nature study book available for free download covering backyard neighbors, feathered friends, garden life, four-footed comrades, and the earth and its neighbors.

Written for young children, this treasure includes experiments, related Scripture verses, and activities such as drawing, narrating, and writing.

By covering one chapter each week, there are 32 weeks worth of lessons (not including this introduction).  We’ve added suggestions, helps for Mom, and resource recommendations that can round out the studies for older students.

By adding a weekly lab, and more related, comprehensive readings (such as a biology text), you may find you have enough material to qualify as a biology credit for an older student.

For the youngest children, simply reading the book may be enough.  You know your children best, but don’t overwhelm them.  Have fun!

CLICK HERE to go to the website!