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The telephone
Gearhart, Sarah.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1999]

Physical Description:
80 pages ; illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series focuses on inventions we often take for granted and how they have changed our lives.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.0 2.0 32452.
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TK6165 .G43 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"Mr. Watson -- Come here -- I want to see you." These words, spoken by inventor Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant Thomas Watson on March 10, 1876, were the first to be transmitted over the new invention called the telephone. Before the end of the year, Bell and Watson had the first two-way conversation over the telephone, and by the summer of 1877 the new Bell Telephone Company in Massachusetts had its first two hundred customers. The telephone revolutionized long-distance communication by allowing people to speak with each other quickly, clearly, and affordably. Today, you can send and receive information from virtually anywhere using a wireless telephone, faxes, or E-mail, thanks to Bell's invention of the telephone. Turning Point Inventions is the first series of books to focus on the important inventions we often take for granted and how they have affected our lives. In lively text and fascinating pictures, these books explore the world before the invention; the life of the inventor and how he or she came upon the discovery; how the world was changed by the invention; and how it may influence our future. A special full-color foldout in each book shows in detail how the invention works.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. From the Turning Point Inventions series, these books show how particular technologies came about and how they changed people's lives. Wide, spacious pages and uncluttered layouts give the books a clean, inviting look particularly welcome in series nonfiction. Each book begins with a description of life before the invention. Telephone reflects on the history of long-distance communications, focusing on Alexander Graham Bell's life and achievements and culminating in his invention of the telephone. Lightbulb surveys the age-old search for a safe, clean light source, then concentrates on Thomas Alva Edison's work to invent and perfect the bulb. The many illustrations include black-and-white photographs, colorful diagrams, photos of artifacts, and period prints and paintings. Two solid titles for nonfiction collections. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-These well-written and interesting titles discuss the stages of development for each invention in a detailed yet understandable manner. The type size and layout of the main texts are attractive and easy to read, and a good mix of full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions are well placed throughout. The captions are informative, but the small fine print is somewhat difficult to read. A stunning fold-out page of illustrations in each volume summarizes the development of the invention. The Lightbulb traces the history of lighting from earliest times through modern day, and the work of Thomas Edison is discussed in detail. While much of this material can be found elsewhere, this title provides an especially appealing source that includes developments in lighting since Edison. The Telephone is more advanced than Jeanne Bendick's Eureka! It's a Telephone (Millbrook, 1993; o.p.), and covers similar ground, but has more visual appeal than Naomi Pasachoff's Alexander Graham Bell (Oxford Univ., 1996). Both books conclude with a chapter on the future of the technology.-Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Before the Telephonep. 6
2 The Inventor's Lifep. 16
3 Inventing the Telephonep. 26
4 A New Worldp. 42
5 The Future of Long-Distance Communicationp. 72
Further Readingp. 78
Indexp. 79
Acknowledgmentsp. 80