Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Anniversary of the Invention of the Telephone

On March 10, 1876 (133 years ago!), Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message to his assistant in the next room: "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you," at Cambridge, MA. In honor of this first message transmittal, I've got 2 telephone related reviews for today!

Williams, Brian.
The Explosion Zone: Bell and the Science of the Telephone.
Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Vivid, colorful, comic-like illustrations and interesting text combine in Bell and the Science of the Telephone to teach students about Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. From his childhood life through his death, this book allows readers to understand the science involved in the creation and use of the telephone.

This non-fiction text would perfectly complement a thematic unit in science on inventors/inventions! It would also make a wonderful gift for the science-thrilled child who loves to learn about how things work!

Finn, Carrie.
Manners on the Telephone.
Picture Window Books.

How many of you have children who jump every time the phone rings and are more than anxious to pick it up? For young children especially, this book would be a great share. It very simply shares with readers the importance of manners and some of the many ways in which to be polite when answering or talking on the telephone. The text is written simply, in child-friendly language that will even the youngest of children to understand the message being portrayed. This would be a great resource for anyone parent/guardian who is considering allowing the children to begin answering the telephone!

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If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to Amazon.com.