July 19 Birthday: MICROWAVE MAN: PERCY SPENCER AND HIS SIZZLING INVENTION

Percy Spencer, inventor
b. July 19, 1894
d. Sept. 8, 1970

MICROWAVE MAN: PERCY SPENCER AND HIS SIZZLING INVENTION
(Enslow, 2014)

by Sara Latta

Summary: “Most people love microwave popcorn or a warm snack from the microwave. But before 1975, homes did not have this great device! How did Percy Spencer go from a small town mill worker to the inventor of one of the most popular devices in the world? Find out how Spencer’s love of science and machines, along with his strong work ethic, helped him achieve a patent for the invention of the microwave oven.”

July 19 Birthday: Edgar Degas. DEGAS AND THE DANCE

July 19, 1834 – September 27, 1917
Edgar Degas, artist

DEGAS AND THE DANCE (Abrams, 2002)

Publishers Weekly

For Susan Goldman Rubin’s picture book biography Degas
and the Dance: The Painter and the Petits Rats, Perfecting Their Art,
created in partnership with the School of American Ballet and the
American Federation of Arts, readers go backstage at the Paris Opera to
explore the genesis of Edgar Degas’s most recognizable series. More than
30 works are reproduced, including The Dance Class (1874) and Dancers
Practicing at the Barre (1877). Numerous preliminary sketches reveal the
artist’s creative process.