cbr13bingo Old SeriesThis biography in the Who Was/Is series is a tastefully done book about the man who made movies and influenced the world. Who Was Walt Disney? He was a dreamer (who thankfully had a levelheaded brother to help him) create what we know to be animation and cartoons. He was not always a nice man, but Whitney Stewart (who is a really nice person and has a mom the store nicknamed, Trouble) focuses on the positives, while letting you know of his faults.
These highlights, a great timeline of his life to compare with a world timeline at the back, and black and white illustrations done by Nancy Harrison, created an introduction to someone we all knew, but now can now start to know.
The information we knew is there such as his mother died in an accident in 1938, he created a mouse named Mickey (but never actually drew him, though voiced the character), and he made an empire. But new facts come to light as well. A man named Ub Iwerks, along with other animators, are the ones who actually created the characters we all grew to love. Disney had an almost lifelong connection with Alice in Wonderland. Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse are also connected. Before Mickey there was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and much more comes alive.
Due to straight forward content, all ages can read this series, or have it read to them. However, the best ages are probably 7-8 to 10-years-old.
Also included in the Who Was? line are Who Is?, What Is? and Who Were? They include subjects from the Tuskegee Airmen to Joan of Arc, the Ice Age, David Bowie, Harriet Tubman, NASA, Nintendo and much more. My research has this as an old series as it started in the early 2000s and has plans for more titles into 2022.