He Always Thought He Could Do Better
Leo Fender, the creator of the Telecastor and Stratocaster guitars, was blind in one eye and couldn't read music. Yet, his solid-body electric guitars inspired a generation of rock-n-roll guitarists such as Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix - to name a few.
How? Fender persevered and never quite believed his work was finished - he always thought he could do better.
Leo Fender is a remarkable hero and many of our kiddos need encouragement to never give up on their passions. Perseverance requires a strong vision, an equally strong will, and the flexibility to keep on tinkering or trying new ways to accomplish their goals.
Making it Real
Steve Salerno's illustrations give Gizmos, Gadgets, and Guitars an entertaining graphic novel feel to Leo Fender's life's story. Budding tinkerers and musicians will appreciate follow-up activities.
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