Did You Invent the Phone Alone, Alexander Graham Bell?

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An educational and entertaining biography of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell's life as inventor, scientist, and teacher is clearly told in a question-and-answer format, and complemented by a mix of photographs and illustrations. We learn not only how the telephone was invented and the mechanics behind its use, but how Bell's personal history, such as his mother being deaf, led to his interest in ...

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Overview


An educational and entertaining biography of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

Alexander Graham Bell's life as inventor, scientist, and teacher is clearly told in a question-and-answer format, and complemented by a mix of photographs and illustrations. We learn not only how the telephone was invented and the mechanics behind its use, but how Bell's personal history, such as his mother being deaf, led to his interest in discovering alternate modes of communication.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Much is known about the life of Alexander Graham Bell, best known for inventing the telephone, and his story is detailed here. Readers learn that Bell made his spectacular invention at the age of twenty-nine and that Thomas Watson, who was knowledgeable in electricity, worked for him throughout the years. Alexander, called "Aleck," was his parents' middle son. His father and grandfather taught others to speak more clearly, while his mother and wife were both almost completely deaf. After studying in London, learning speech under his grandfather's tutelage and other subjects at London University, Aleck traveled with his father and brothers to demonstrate Visible Speech. Later, he moved to Boston to teach deaf children and teachers alike how to use Visible Speech. Working with Watson, Bell continued trying to invent the telephone. Although the sound it transmitted was initially so poor that voices could not be understood, he worked until it improved. Other inventors also worked on land, cell and cordless phones. As a tribute to his legacy, when Bell died at the age of seventy-five, all telephones in the United States stopped ringing for one minute. Elementary school libraries would do well to have copies of this book as questions about Bell are usually found on achievement tests. Several sound experiments for readers to try at home are included.
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Gr 3-4- Through a question-and-answer format, the Bergers offer historical, biographical, and scientific information about these individuals. The Wright brothers' curiosity as children, which led them to create a flying machine that could carry a human, plus their adult business ventures, is the focus of the first book. Einstein's life and his theory on relativity is at the core of the second. Relativity is explained as simply as possible. Much of Einstein's life is discussed, such as his trials and tribulations with school, work, and his theories. Finally, readers learn about Bell's inquisitiveness about sounds, how the telephone works, and improvements that have been made to it. Experiments that relate to the men's work are included in all three books, such as blowing on a long strip of paper to see it rise with the air currents, feeling the vibrations in your throat as you speak, and watching light bend. Photographs and illustrations show the subjects, their families, and events during their lives. The illustrations are a mix of old photos and more current ones and colorful illustrations depicting childhood moments. Students interested in biographical information will enjoy these titles.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439833813
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Scholastic Science Supergiants Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 823,899
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Melvin and Gilda Berger are the authors of more than two hundred books for children. Their books have recieved awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. The Bergers live in New York.

Melvin and Gilda Berger are the authors of more than two hundred books for children. Their books have recieved awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. The Bergers live in New York.

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Table of Contents


How did Alexander Graham Bell change the world?     5
When was Bell born?     6
Who influenced Aleck the most?     8
Was Aleck smart?     10
What were Aleck's first experiments with sound?     13
Did Aleck do more work with speech?     14
What tragedy struck the Bell family?     17
When did Bell come to the United States?     18
Try it out!
Experiment #1     20
Experiment #2     21
What happened to Bell when he was in Boston?     22
What accident led Bell to the idea of a telephone?     24
What happened next?     26
Who made the first telephone call?     28
When was the first long-distance telephone call?     30
What happens when you telephone a friend?     33
How does your friend hear you?     34
When did Bell get married?     37
When did telephone service start in the United States?     39
Did Bell invent anything after the telephone?     40
How has the telephone been imporved since Bell?     43
How long did Alexander Graham Bell live?     44
Bell Time Line     46
Index     48
Photo Credits     48
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