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In her nonfiction children’s picture book, Natascha Biebow uncovers the little-known story of The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons. In addition to Steven Salerno's brilliant illustrations, Biebow's narrative includes "fact boxes" to embed extra information for the curious reader and inquiring adult.
More than a century ago, inventor Edwin Binney (also known as “The Crayon Man”), listened well to what people wanted. From all his listening emerged the invention of the crayon. Later, Binney’s schoolteacher wife coined the brand name “Crayola,” which has since become synonymous with “crayon.”
The Crayon Man was passionate about replicating the colors he saw in nature. Boasting 120 colors, the Crayola factory located in Easton, Pennsylvania, makes 12 million crayons every day. Labels printed in three different languages carry crayon names such as “Robin Egg’s Blue,” “Tickle Me Pink,” and “Tropical Rain Forest” as well as the most recent crayon color, “Bluetiful.” Paraffin wax and non-toxic pigments became game-changers for the crayons children still use today. Now ubiquitous, crayons are inexpensive, safe, durable, and endlessly creative toys for children and adults alike.
QUOTES FROM BIEBOW
- “The average child wears down 720 crayons by his tenth birthday, which is a lot of crayons!”
- “Crayola is typically classed as one of the world’s most iconic toys, and it’s also one of the most recognized smells for adults.”
- “Funny and bighearted, Edwin kept on listening and creating all his life; but of all his inventions, he loved the Crayola crayons most of all.”
Take a virtual tour of the Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania.
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