ALWAYS INVENTING by Tom L. Matthews

ALWAYS INVENTING

A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell
Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A memorable tribute to a notably versatile inventor: From his first invention at age 11 to his last, 64 years later, Bell “recorded everything, sketched every idea, documented every experiment.” Clearly, Matthews does not lack for source material, but rather than weigh readers down with a long recitation of accomplishments, he covers some high spots (the telephone, Bell’s work with the deaf, experiments in flight, and his role in the National Geographic Society) on the way to creating a character study, a portrait of a man who both earned and knew how to enjoy success, and who never lost his sense of wonder. The fluent text is matched to an expertly chosen array of photographs, encompassing not only family scenes and closeups of small, complex devices, but such seldom-seen treasures as Mark Twain’s telephone bill, and a choked mass of wires suspended over New York City’s Broadway. So upbeat is the tone that the tragedies and challenges in Bell’s life seem downplayed, but readers will come away with a good sense of who the man was and what he did. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-7922-7391-5
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: National Geographic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1999




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