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Children's LiteratureAlexander Graham Bell had an Alexander Graham Bell and this book highlights it. From an introductory chapter that underscores what is arguably Bell's greatest achievement—the invention of the telephone—through a total of eight chapters that discuss the key points in Bell's life, the author provides a text that is very young-reader friendly. Beginning with Bell's ability to invent at an early age (with the enthusiastic support of his parents), through his early career and eventual marriage and into the prime of his life, this book provides a very positive and personal portrait of Bell as both inventor and as humanitarian, especially in connection with the deaf community. A final interview with contemporary entrepreneur Bill Gates on the importance of Bell's work and his influence on contemporary society completes the narrative course of the text. The photographs found throughout the book and the time line of Bell's life help support young readers' understanding of the great inventor and his influence on generations of people. A solid read for younger readers. 2006, Gareth Steven Publishing, Ages 7 to 9.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.