The Crayon Man
Color the world.
Edwin Binney was a man who loved colors and saw them everywhere. Unfortunately, he worked at a shoe polish factory that only produced grey and black. However, Edwin’s love for colors and entrepreneurial spirit led him to create something that would change the lives of countless children. Edwin and his cousin C. Harold Smith invented colorful and affordable wax crayons that would become a beloved staple in classrooms and households worldwide. Thanks to Harold’s excellent sales skills, the crayons reached every child.
We picked this book for its blurb. Many of us overlook the things we use daily. However, it’s worth reflecting on the people responsible for creating the items we enjoy. By doing so, we can discover inspiring and captivating stories. One such item is the humble crayon, which allows children to express their creativity. The author of this story does an excellent job of conveying the excitement of the crayon history that young readers can easily understand. The illustrations perfectly complement the colorful tale.
In The Crayon Man, author Natascha Biebow and illustrator Steven Salerno tell the inspiring story of how one man’s passion and perseverance led to the creation of a beloved childhood staple: the crayon. Through their vivid storytelling, they transport readers back in time to witness the struggles and triumphs of this visionary inventor, whose determination ensured that every little hand would have access to a rainbow of colors.
Originally published: 2019
Author: Natascha Biebow
Illustrations: Steven Salerno
Rating basis (of 5.0): Story (5.0), Characters (5.0), Writing Style (4.5), Illustrations (4.5), Cover (4.5) & Ease (4.5)
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