Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call

illus. by Mary Ann Fraser. 32p. chron. photos. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580897211.
K-Gr 2—A look at the inspiration behind Alexander Graham Bell's most noteworthy invention, the telephone. The book reveals much about Bell's personal life and the driving force behind his inquisitive nature. Bell's mother, Eliza, had lost most of her hearing as a child, and his father, Melville, was a speech therapist; young Bell is shown here contemplating how sound works and learning the two-handed manual alphabet to communicate with his mother. Many important events, including the collaboration between Bell and Thomas Watson, are conveyed in the form of a story, which makes the facts easy to digest for younger readers. Fraser's multimedia artwork recalls Bell's passion for photography, with some scenes resembling a snapshot. Text boxes are peppered throughout, giving readers more detailed explanations about how the ear works, the age of invention, and more. An author's note and further information about Bell's inventions are appended.
VERDICT Recommended for biography collections serving elementary school students.

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