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Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call

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Well before Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, Aleck (as his family called him) was a curious boy, interested in how and why he was able to hear the world all around him. His father was a speech therapist who invented the Visible Alphabet and his mother was hearing impaired, which only made Aleck even more fascinated by sound vibration and modes of ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call provides insight into why Bell was so curious about sound and how that led to developing different communication devices starting at a young age. This biography provides stories about pranks Bell played in addition to providing information about major historical events during his life. The collage illustrations with expressive characters make for a fun read. Great non-fiction!
I'm always amazed by how much I learn from reading children's books. I knew that Bell created the telephone, that is what he is best known for after all, but I had no idea that he invented so many other things or that he'd been so involved with helping people who were deaf. Fraser does a fabulous job with this book showing how the amazing things Bell did as an adult come from the inquisitive child that he'd been. It's also clear that his family had a tremendous impact on his passion for sound ...more
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Fraser, Mary Ann Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call. PICTURE BOOK. Charlesbridge, 2017. $17.

From the time he was small, the world spoke to Alexander Bell. His natural curiosity helped him conceive many ideas helpful to those around him, including his mother, who was mostly deaf. His work on the telephone didn’t commence until he was an adult. With the help of Thomas Watson, and through many, many experiments, they finally found the combination that fulfilled their dreams.

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Mackenzie Frederick
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Genre: Biography
One Unique Feature: This book has little side notes on nearly every page that explain something mentioned in the book more fully. For example, there is a small side note on one page that shows a picture of a talking machine and explains how it worked.
Grade Level: I personally would use this book in 1st or 2nd grade classrooms all the way through 5th.

Other Notes: The illustrations in this book were amazing. In the back of the book, the author notes that she combined photos and
Katie Lawrence
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. I loved learning about Bell's many other inventions, how he was inspired by his mother & the deaf students he taught to find new ways to communicate and hear. The collage-style illustrations are really appealing and Fraser's author note explains this choice really well. A great addition to children's picture book biographies!
Alexander Graham Bell is most widely recognized for his invention of the telephone (and the cool endpapers in the book show a timeline of this invention!). However, this story mostly focuses on his early life and the curiosity that lead him to hold 31 patents. The collage art is a combination of historical and new photographs, collage and drawings. A fascinating introduction!
Shiralea Woodhouse
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
LOVE this little picture biography! Love the information and the way it's presented, love the illustrations mixed with photography, and even love the inside covers with pictures of the evolution of telephones. Just great!
Melissa Mcavoy
Tells the story of the inventor from the time he was a child. His experiences, his mother was deaf, his father was a speech therapist, his two brothers died from tuberculosis, informed his experiments.
Karla Winick-Ford
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
When designing books for young children, consider breaking it up
This was just too long
Great biography....
consider a two in one version- with an abbreviated version on one side, the original on the other
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Loved the illustrations. The text got a little bit wordy, but I think it's a good story and children will enjoy, and remember, it.
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a great child level biography on the inventor! interesting information and great illustrations.
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This book was fabulous because it taught me a lot about Aleck that I didn't know, specifically about his family growing up and how influenced he was by his mother's hearing loss. Would be a great addition to any library for sure!!
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