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Monday, October 24, 2011

TOS Review: Marshall Publishing George Washington Carver His Life and Works DVD




In addition to the Lots and Lots of Firetrucks and Firefighters book and Lots and Lots of Fire Songs and Safety Tips DVD, that I received from Marshall Publishing, I also had the opportunity to watch and review one of their most popular educational DVD programs on the life and accomplishments of George Washington Carver.  We received George Washington Carver-His Life and Work to watch and review.

"Born into slavery and reared during the Reconstruction years in the South, George Washington Carver struggled through poor health, poverty and prejudice…to become a great benefactor, not only to his people…but to his country as well."  Through his research and teaching at Tuskegee Institute, he completely changed land management in the South.  Known as the "peanut man" he has been said to compile a list of over 300 uses for peanuts.  This 30 minute DVD is more than just a biography of George Washington Carver.  It is a true inspiring story of how a poor, uneducated person can become one of the most productive and inspirational forces in society.  George Washington Carver is an important example of how hard work, a positive attitude, and a good education can make a huge difference not just in hos own life but in others around him even during a time when becoming educated was very difficult for a black man.

When viewing the DVD you have the option of watching the entire video or selecting one of the segments including: Inspiring Words, Early Life, College Years, Tuskegee Years, and Final Years.  On the website, buyers of the DVD can find study questions and complete information about George Washington Carver following the description of the DVD.

George Washington Carver-His Life and Works DVD is regularly priced $24.95.  The web sale price is $19.95.  The publisher has generously offered a 15% discount to those that order after reading this review by using coupon code TOSC1 at checkout making your final price $16.95 (plus shipping and handling.)  Order by clicking here.

To see other books and DVDs offered by Marshall Publishing click here.

I watched the DVD with my 14, 9, and 7 year olds.  It was very well done and full of interesting information about a man whose life was full of important discoveries and changes in farming, and also full of hope and inspiration.  My children who amazed to find out how much of an impact George Washington carver had on farming and how many uses there was for peanuts and peanut by products.  Whether you are a historian, teacher, student, or looking for an inspirational story I think you will find George Washington Carver- His Life and His Work definitely a worth while video to watch.

One thing I did want to mention is that I think older students would get more out of this video than younger ones.  The study guide listed it as appropriate for ages 4th grade through adult and I would have to agree on that.  There is  a mention of a violent act that George Washington Carver witnessed and how it shaped his life.  That was the biggest thing my 7 year old picked up on the most and was asking a lot of questions.

To see what other crew mates have to say click here.

I received a complimentary copy of George Washington Carver-His Life and Works DVD for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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