Alexander Graham Bell

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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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.

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User Review  - kimberlyhebert - LibraryThing

Alexander Graham Bell was a man of boundless enthusiasm and intelligence, and this picture book does well to capture this. It follows the life of Alexander (later to be known by the nickname of "Aleck ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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 ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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.

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