HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Alexander Graham Bell
Author: Paul Joseph
Publisher: Checkerboard Books, 1996
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Joseph, Paul. Alexander Graham Bell (published in 1996 by Checkerboard Books). Both my wife and I enjoyed reading biographies when we were young, so we always liked for our boys to read good biographies too. When they were in their elementary years, the homeschool curriculum that we used presented history primarily through stories about important historical figures. One of the persons whom they studied in second grade was Alexander Graham Bell. When our older son Mark was in second grade, we checked this book, which is one of a series about great inventors for young readers and sketches the life of the man who at the age of twenty-nine was responsible for the invention of the telephone, out of the library to give him some extra reading material to accompany his studies. Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.
Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf. These facts profoundly influenced Bell’s life’s work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell’s being awarded the first U. S. patent for the telephone in 1876. Interestingly enough, Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study. Many other inventions marked Bell’s later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics. In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society. He has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history. And what is especially noteworthy is that he was a strong believer in God and the Bible.