Becker, Helaine Lines, Bars, and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs. PICTURE BOOK. Kids Can Press, 2017. $18.
William Playfair was considered a ne’er-do-well in his community and by the scientific community at large. Because of his poor reputation, almost no one paid any attention to his three new inventions – the line graph, bar graph and pie chart. The father of the modern-day infographic died practically penniless, never finding the scheme that would make him rich and famous.
Perfect for STEM support in any class that has students use or create infographics of any kind. The front story details Playfair’s life and exploits and the historic notes in the back add depth and details to story., also showing Playfair’s original graphs.
EL, MS – ESSENTIAL. HS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher