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Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life (Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History) [Paperback]

By Elizabeth MacLeod (Author) & Barbara Spurll (Illustrator)
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Chronicles the life of the inventor who not only changed the way humans communicate, but also experimented with flight, air conditioning, radiation treatment for cancer, and iceberg locators.

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"One would think that I had never done anything worthwhile but the telephone," complained Alexander Graham Bell. No wonder he was annoyed; Bell invented the phone when he was just 29 and went on to lead a long and inventive life. This biography in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series chronicles the life and many remarkable achievements of Alexander Graham Bell, including his work with the hearing impaired and experiments with flight, iceberg locators and, of course, the telephone.

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Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life (Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History) by Elizabeth MacLeod & Barbara Spurll has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 04/15/1999
  • School Library Journal - 05/01/1999

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Kids Can Press
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.98" Width: 8.51" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1999
Publisher   Kids Can Press, Ltd.
Age  9-12
ISBN  1550744585  
ISBN13  9781550744583  

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More About Elizabeth MacLeod & Barbara Spurll

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.

Elizabeth MacLeod currently resides in Toronto.

Elizabeth MacLeod has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Kids Can Read: Level 3 (Paperback)
  2. Snapshots Images of People & Places in History (Hardcover)

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Science & Technology

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Nice Brief Bio of Bell. Recommended  Feb 28, 2010
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my son as part of our history curriculum.

Comments: This non-fiction book tells the life story of Alexander Graham Bell, skimming the surface of his private life and concentrating on his life as an inventor. Each "chapter" is a two-page spread with one page of text and both pages profusely illustrated with captioned photographs which both illustrate the text and add more information to the text. Written in an engaging style the text is both informative and interesting to read. My son, who currently wants to be an inventor when he grows up, was of course very interested in the book and enjoyed it very much, as did I. I've promised we will take a trip to Brantford this summer to visit the Bell's first home in Canada. For a brief look at Bell's life you couldn't pick a finer book.

Two things did irk me though. One was the use of AGB, for his name after the initial full spelling. Yes, it gets tiring reading the whole name out for an entire book but I would have preferred variations such as Alexander, Bell, Mr. Bell. I substituted the name "Alexander" most of the time I came across AGB and occasionally said the whole name out loud to remind my son of his correct name as I read aloud. The other thing was that the word "deaf" has been replaced by the words "hearing-impaired" except in the name of associations and schools, etc. Deaf is not a bad word and saying someone is "totally hearing-impaired" makes no sense, that's like saying someone is a little bit pregnant. Plus saying that Bell founded an association for the hearing-impaired which *today* is called the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf is taking PC too far. I read the words hearing-impaired a few times when it felt appropriate but mostly I edited and used the word deaf when reading aloud. And just now I've googled it and deaf people actually take offense at being called hearing-impaired! [...] (scroll down to labels)
Perfect for the Classroom Library  Mar 1, 2009
I teach 6th grade reading. This book is perfect for the classroom library. Students need to read a variety of non-fiction. I have found that most students love reading biographies. This is a must buy for the classroom.

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