Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 5.9
Lexile® Measure: 890L
Guided Reading: U
- Autobiography and Biography
- Telephones and Mobile Devices
- Scientists and Human Endeavor
- Historic Figures
- Inventors and Inventions
About This Book
Here is an informative biography of a prolific inventor who many young readers may know very little about.
A fact-filled text follows Bell's childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland, and tells how his interests in aeronautics, communications, and audiology began. Color photographs of important sites, reprints of press accounts, scientific documents, artifacts, photographs of Bell and his family, and playful illustrations of Bell are displayed on double-page spreads throughout the book. Readers ages 9 to 12 learn about Bell's amicable relationship with Helen Keller, his commitment to the hearing-impaired, his work building airplanes, and, of course, the invention of the telephone. The text also reports a little-known tidbit about Bell's death in 1922 in Nova Scotia: the inventor was remembered in North America when telephone service was put on hold for a minute during his funeral.
This is a useful resource for history and science classes. It sheds light on a man whose life's work may inspire young technology buffs. A timeline and listing of Web sites are included.