- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
- Series: Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550744585
- ISBN-13: 978-1550744583
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life (Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History) Paperback – April 1, 1999
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-Another addition to the growing collection of biographies about Bell. MacLeod traces her subject's life from his birth in Scotland, through his many inventions and achievements, and concludes with his last few experiments and his death at his home in Canada. She gives equal attention to all of Bell's interests, such as his devotion to advancements for the hearing impaired and his later interest in flight. Photos and reproductions of the subject and his family and sketches of his many inventions appear on colorful backgrounds. A list of Web sites is appended. Tom Matthews's Always Inventing (National Geographic, 1999) is a more substantial book for the same age group, but this one is an adequate choice with its own merits.
Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life is packed with pertinent information, it is easy to read, and it includes an excellent chronology of Bell’s life and times as well as great photographs, working notes, and sketches.
In what has ? become a rush to publish biographies of Bell, this emerges as the least formal, most approachable of the pack.
Using photographs and copies of Bell’s notes and letters, as well as text, all advantageously positioned, MacLeod ably conveys the prodigious curiosity and inventiveness that propelled an extraordinary life.
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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)
He did enjoy both this and several other of these titles. I was just hoping it would be a little more challenging or informative.