The Telephone


Provides an introduction to the history and development of the telephone and explains how a telephone works. Includes information on Alexander Graham Bell and some of the other inventors who were influential of the invention of the telephone.
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Provides an introduction to the history and development of the telephone and explains how a telephone works. Includes information on Alexander Graham Bell and some of the other inventors who were influential of the invention of the telephone.
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Children's Literature
Geared toward the educational market, this story about the history of the telephone is put in context to the history of the times and an explanation of how its invention has changed our lives. Although, of course, Alexander Graham Bell is included, other scientists and inventors are also given their due as being instrumental in developing the technology that so vastly improved our ability to communicate with one another. Part of the "Fact Finder" series, the book includes a mix of black-and-white and color photographs and illustrations, including some wonderful historic photos that convey the excitement of invention. It is interesting to see the shift to color photos as a parallel to more up-to-date and fully feature phones. For the young researcher, there is also a glossary, index, page of "Fast Facts," further reading list, and guide to a related website, Greg Russell, a telecommunications history professor, served as a consultant to the book. For the hands-on learner, there is an age-old exercise of making a phone of one's own out of paper cups and a string. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
— Susan Schott Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-These brief introductions begin by explaining what items were used before the featured invention was developed, such as telegrams (Telephone) and the abacus (Computer). Each title traces the process of discovery for its device, explains how it works, and discusses its impact on humanity. The books' pleasing layout will entice youngsters and help them gain information as they read the simple texts. Mostly black-and-white photographs and drawings show the individuals responsible for creating the inventions and their first use in society, while color photos highlight the more current usage. Each offering ends with a page of "Fast Facts" and an interesting activity (making a telephone with cups and string, using binary code to write a message, and making radio waves with a battery and coin). Joanne Mattern's Telephones (Enslow, 2002) and Josepha Sherman's The History of the Personal Computer (Watts, 2003) provide more in-depth coverage.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736822183
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Great Inventions Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Tyler Nobleman has written books on everything from ghosts to Groundhog Day, belly flops to the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Superman to summertime activities. Besides writing books, he is also a cartoonist whose work has appeared in more than 100 magazines.
Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of more than 50 books for young people. He writes regularly for Nickelodeon Magazine and has written for The History Channel. He is also a cartoonist whose single panels have appeared in more than 100 international publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, and Forbes. He lives with his wife and daughter in Connecticut.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The First Words 4
Chapter 2 Before the Telephone 6
Chapter 3 Inventors 10
Chapter 4 How a Telephone Works 16
Chapter 5 The Telephone Becomes Popular 20
Chapter 6 Telephones Today 24
Time Line: Telephones through the Years 26
Fast Facts 28
Hands On: Make a Telephone 29
Glossary 30
Internet Sites 31
Index 32
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