Alexander Graham Bell by Leonard Everett Fisher

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By age sixteen he was a piano virtuoso; by age twenty-one he was a faculty member of the University of Edinburgh; by age twenty-eight he had invented the telephone.

From Scotland to Canada to the United States, Alexander Graham Bell was a visionary who contributed to essentially every technological innovation of his time. His lifelong fascination with voice and sound and his tireless efforts on behalf of the deaf and mute truly made him one of the greatest scientists and humanitarians of the nineteenth century.

Leonard Everett Fisher's straightforward account of Bell's life will serve as a wonderful introduction to young readers of the impact Bell and his many inventions continue to have on daily life, more than one hundred years later.

 

About Leonard Everett Fisher

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Leonard Everett Fisher is the talented author and illustrator of many books for children. Says Booklist of his black-and-white series, which includes Gandhi, Galileo, Gutenberg, and Marie Curie (a 1994 American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists), "What Fisher is able to do in black-and-white paints rivals and frequently transcends what many artists achieve in color." Among his prestigious awards and honors, Mr. Fisher has received a Pulitzer scholarship for his paintings, a Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association, and a Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota. In 1995 he was selected as the May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer of the American Library Association. Mr. Fisher grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and now resides in Westport, Connecticut.
 
Published March 1, 1999 by Atheneum. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The downcast eyes and grave expressions of the monumental figures in Fisher’s paintings set a tone that occasionally contradicts the text’s exuberance, e.g., Bell’s “joyous capacity for learning all there was to know about the universe grew as large as his waistline”—but this recap of the invento...

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The writing is dense: on just one page, for example, Fisher discusses the influence of Morse code, Bell's grandfather, Bell's prodigious stint as a university student and his father's ""Visible Speech"" voice-teaching system.

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