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Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call (Hardcover)

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By Mary Ann Fraser, Mary Ann Fraser (Illustrator)
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This was such an interesting book! From his early childhood Alexander Graham Bell was fascinated by sounds, and ways to communicate with sound. He learned from his speech therapist father and his almost-deaf mother. As an adult he met Thomas Watson and together they invented the telephone, surely one of the greatest inventions to come out of the Age of Invention. But Alex didn't stop there, he went on to create the June Bug, the first plane to prove human beings could fly, and the hydrodome, the fastest boat of its time. His life wasn't always easy, but he often used hardship to inspire ways to improve the lives of others. The artwork is engaging and there are fascinating notes accompanying the story along the way. -- Susan (RBB Staff)

— From Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call


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 communication.

Naturally inquisitive and inclined to test his knowledge, young Aleck was the perfect person to grow up in the Age of Invention. As a kid he toyed with sound vibrations and began a life of inventing.

This in-depth look at the life and inspiration of the brilliant man who invented the tele-phone is sure to fire up the imaginations of young readers who question why and how things work.

Driven by curiosity and an eagerness to help others, Aleck became a teacher for the deaf. His eventual invention of the telephone proved that he never stopped thinking big or experimenting with sound.

Backmatter includes more information about Bell's inventions, a timeline of his life, a bibliography, and sources for further learning.

About the Author

Mary Ann Fraser is the author and illustrator of over sixty fiction and non-fiction books for children, including No Yeti Yet (Peter Pauper Press), Heebie-Jeebie-Jeebie Jamboree (Boyds Mills Press), the Ogg & Bob books (Two Lions) Ten Mile Day(Henry Holt), and several titles for The Let's Read-and-Find-Out series, including Where Are the Night Animals (HarperCollins). She lives in Sunnyvale, California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781580897211
ISBN-10: 1580897215
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017
Pages: 32
Language: English