Figure it out yourself, my ladd/lass,
You’ve all that the greatest of wo/men have had;
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise
With this equipment they all began.
So start from the top and say “I CAN.”
Look them over, the wise and the great,
The take their food from a common plate,
And similar laces they tie their shoes,
The world considers them brave and smart,
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will.
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose;
You have arms and legs and a brain to use,
And the wo/man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his/her life with no more than you.
YOU are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place.
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know;
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within
The wo/man must furnish the will to win.
So figure it out for yourself, my lad/lass,
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began,
Get hold of yourself and say: “ I CAN.”
List of By-Products From Peanuts By
George Washington Carver
(as compiled by the Carver Museum)
• All Purpose Cream
• Antiseptic Soap
• Baby Massage Cream
• Face Bleach and Tan Remover
• Face Cream
• Face Lotion
• Face Ointment
• Face Powder
• Fat Producing Cream
• Hand Lotion
• Oil for Hair and Scalp
• Peanut Oil Shampoo
• Pomade for Scalp
• Shaving Cream
• Tetter and Dandruff Cure
• Toilet Soap
• Vanishing Cream
Dyes, Paints and Stains
• Dyes for Cloth (30)
• Dyes for Leather (19)
• Wood Stains (17)
• Special Peanut Dye
• Hen Food for Laying (peanut hearts)
• Molasses Feed
• Peanut Hay Meal
• Peanut Hull Bran
• Peanut Hull Meal
• Peanut Meal
• Peanut Stock Food (3)
• Bar Candy
• Breakfast Food (5)
George Washington Carver References:
Books for Elementary-aged Children:
Adair, Gene. George Washington Carver: Botanist. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Chelsea House
Publishers. 1988. 105 pp.
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of George Washington Carver. New York, NY: Holiday House.
Albus, Harry J. The Peanut Man. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing
Co., 1949. 89 pp.
Aliki, Brandenberg. A Weed is a Flower – The Life of George Washington Carver. Englewood
Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.1967.
Carter, Andy and Carol Saller. George Washington Carver. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Carolrhoda
Books, Inc. 2001. 48 pp.
Eames-Sheavly, Marcia. 1994. The Great American Peanut. Cornell Cooperative Extension
Mitchell, Barbara. A Pocketful of Goobers: A Story About George Washington Carver.
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1986. 64 pp.
Moore, Eva. The Story of George Washington Carver. New York, New York: Scholastic, Inc.
1971. 96 pp.
Laura Driscoll. George Washington Carver: The Peanut Wizard. New York. Grosset and
Iowa State University Library Special Collections: www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/gwc/home.html
George Washington Carver National Monument: www.nps.gov/gwca
http://www.campsilos.org/mod4/s1a.shtml (Discusses the connections between Etta Budd, G.W.
Carver, Henry A. Wallace, and Norman Borlaug)