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Always Inventing
Contributor(s): Matthews, Tom L. (Author)

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ISBN: 0792273915     ISBN-13: 9780792273912
Publisher: National Geographic Society
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 1999
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Annotation: "I have accidentally made a discovery of the very greatest importance...".

Alexander Graham Bell's words, written in 1875, heralded the very first time that human speech was transmitted via a device that came to be known as the telephone. Bell's "accidental" discovery revolutionized communication and forever marked him as one of America's most famous inventors.

Who was the man behind the telephone?

Alec Bell was a thinker and a questioner, but even more important, a man driven to accomplish something. The telephone was just one of his many inventions. They range from a simple agricultural tool he made at age 11 to a patent for his work on the hydrofoil 64 years later. Bell's enthusiasm extended beyond inventing to "the world and all that is in it" and led him to become an original member of the National Geographic Society.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Dewey: B
LCCN: 98027209
Age Level: 10-UP
Grade Level: 5-UP
Lexile Measure: 1030(Not Available)
Series: National Geographic Photobiographies (Hardcover)
Physical Information: 0.48" H x 9.44" W x 11.14" (1.11 lbs) 64 pages
- Chronological Period - 19th Century
- Chronological Period - 1900-1949
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 29523
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Period photographs as well as pages from Bell's original notebooks help paint a vivid portrait of the man who -- from his first invention at age 11 (a tool to clean husks from wheat kernels) to his patent on hydrofoil improvements 64 years later -- was always inventing.

Contributor Bio(s): Tom L. Matthews is the author of the National Geographic book Light Shining Through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College, New York.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1999 #4)
Here are two quite different biographies of the inventor that together provide a fuller than usual picture of the man, his life, and his work. Fisher's warm, storylike text with full- and double-page illustrations (in rather dark tones) provides a good introduction to the subject, while Matthews's longer book features many vintage photographs and drawings that richly picture the details of life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Matthews's personable text, Bell's inexhaustible curiosity emerges as his wide range of experiments are outlined; his concern for people and making their lives better is also made clear. Fisher's book is more of a straightforward biography, with the illustrations giving the text an intimacy and a sense of personal investment on the part of the author-illustrator. Both books capture Bell's apparently indefatigable energy and interest in the world around him. Always Inventing contains a chronology, bibliography, and index. e.s.w. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 March)
Gr 4-7-A photobiography of Bell's life and work, giving proper emphasis to all of his inventions. Bell was much more than the inventor of the telephone; his lifelong devotion to the education and welfare of hearing-impaired people is thoroughly explored as is his dedication to the advancement of science. This book contains many full-page black-and-white photographs, reproductions, and illustrations that help bring the avid tinkerer to life. A chronology of the inventor's life and lists of books and Web sites for further information conclude the volume. This book provides more depth on Bell's life and work than Leonard Everett Fisher's Alexander Graham Bell (Atheneum, 1999). Both titles have merit for pleasure reading, but Matthews's is the one to use for research.-Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City, NY Copyright 1999 School Library Journal Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 December)
Gr 4-7-Informative engravings, journal sketches, and family photographs illustrate this handsomely designed book about one of the 20th-century's most creative geniuses. (Mar.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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