on 10 January 2015
The Story of Walt Disney, Maker of Magical Worlds
By Bernice Selden
90 pages/Reading Level 3.4
This biography of Walt Disney is interesting and informative. It begins with Walt as a young boy who has to work before school with no pay and ends with his vision of Disney World coming to life.
Young Walt and his brothers do not have an easy life. His father was very strict and his family did not have much money. But even as a young boy he loved to draw and make people laugh. His father often disapproved but he still went to theaters, left home at 16 to join the military and opened his own business drawing cartoons when the war was over. The rest, as they say, is history.
He was not always the famous man we think of today, but never gave up on his dreams. Selden does a wonderful job of telling his story. Children who have grown up watching Disney’s characters and movies will delight in knowing more about Walt.
Walt has had many successes, but also many disappointments and problems. He learned from his mistakes and never gave up.
I recommend this for children because it is a biography that reads like fiction. They can relate to what his story because Disney is known to almost everyone, young and old
I would also recommend this to teachers as a read aloud book. There are many opportunities to supplement the book with history, nature and art/theater.
Copyright © 2015 Laura Hartman