A Pocketful of Goobers

A Story about George Washington Carver

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

There wasn’t anything that George Washington Carver couldn’t grow. He took the common goober—today’s peanut—and created hundreds of useful products from it, turning goobers into a very profitable staple for the South. At the same time, this very special man passed on to everyone who knew him the importance of following one’s own dreams.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 1996
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 1986-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.9
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007050, JNF007090, JNF007020
Dewey 630'.92'4
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 740
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 5.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 4371
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Illustrator: Peter E. Hanson

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →


  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 1996


Appraisal: Science Books for Young People

“. . .an engaging story, giving a clear picture of the person as well as his work. . . with attractive black and white line drawings these stand out from the general run of biographies for children. . .”

Children's Book Review Service

“A wonderful story for reading aloud to students.”
Children’s Book Review Source

Science Books & Films

“This book tells his remarkable story accurately, sympathetically, and felicitously. The line drawings also add appeal.”
Science Books & Films