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Time For Kids: Alexander Graham Bell


Take a close-up look at Alexander Graham Bell, an inventor and teacher of the deaf. Interviews with experts and lively writing deliver the accurate reporting you expect from TIME For Kids?. Historical and contemporary photographs capture the life of this compassionate man and show how his innovative inventions still help us today.

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Take a close-up look at Alexander Graham Bell, an inventor and teacher of the deaf. Interviews with experts and lively writing deliver the accurate reporting you expect from TIME For Kids®. Historical and contemporary photographs capture the life of this compassionate man and show how his innovative inventions still help us today.

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Children's Literature
Alexander 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.
Kirkus Reviews
This attractively designed, if routine, biography of Bell combines period photos on each page with a simply phrased account that notes the inventor's lifelong interest in working with deaf people along with his development of the telephone, several other sound-related devices and even an airplane. Side boxes look at the Industrial Revolution, the Centennial Exhibition and similar contemporary topics, and the author closes with both a timeline and a three-question interview with Bill Gates. As this does convey a sense of what the man was like, as well as an overview of his accomplishments and importance, it will be a useful addition to the array of assignment-fodder bios already on the shelf-despite minor errors (no, Bell did not coin the term "greenhouse effect") and the lack of either source citations or resources for further study. (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060576189
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2006
  • Series: Time For Kids Biographies Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 169,132
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

The editors of TIME For Kids® are committed to informing millions of kids about the world and their place in it. As part of a national news organization, they bring expert and age-appropriate reporting and photography from around the globe to books, classroom magazines, and a website.

The editors of TIME For Kids® are frequent visitors to classrooms all over the country. And the TFK Kid Reporters have appeared on The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, CNN, and Fox News.

TFK editors also publish the TIME For Kids® Science Scoops series, giving kids the inside scoop on the world’s most fascinating topics.

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Time For Kids: Alexander Graham Bell

By Stan & Jan Editors of TIME For Kids

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Stan & Jan Editors of TIME For Kids
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060576197

Chapter One

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell toiled in his lab in Boston, Massachusetts.

The lab was actually a few small bedrooms in a boardinghouse. Hanging on one of the walls was a portrait of an owl. It was given to the inventor as a joke because he often worked late into the night.

A pale, tall man with sideburns and a bushy mustache, Bell stared at his unusual contraption. He had been working on it for several years. Along the way, his invention had become an instrument of metal, rods, and wires.

Bell had experimented with many other machines, but those trials had ended in failure. Sometimes he got discouraged, but he never gave up. Now history was about to be made.

To see if the device would work, Bell called into the mouthpiece: "Mr. Watson -- Come here -- I want to see you." Seconds later, his assistant burst through the door. He had heard Bell's voice, even though he was in another room with a hallway in between.

The two men switched places. Thomas Watson read from a book. A few of his words came through clearly. Then he said: "Mr. Bell, do you understand what I say?" Alexander Graham Bell heard every word.

After years of research, the telephonewas finally born. Bell had built a machine that turned words into electric impulses. These impulses could be sent through a wire and heard at the other end.

Alexander Graham Bell's incredible invention was just the first step toward the modern telephone -- a device that changed the world. Yet the real story of the telephone began many years before. It began when a young, curious boy tinkered with inventions in his parents' home. He was growing interested in a subject that had fascinated the Bell family for years -- the science of speech.


Excerpted from Time For Kids: Alexander Graham Bell by Stan & Jan Editors of TIME For Kids Copyright © 2006 by Stan & Jan Editors of TIME For Kids. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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