Friday, November 16, 2018

Young History Buffs Will Love the New Book, "Alexander Graham Bell for Kids" - A Hands-On Introduction to Inventor and His Work (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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My youngest daughter loves history.  Her dream is to one day be a middle or high school history teacher, so she can share all about the amazing people she has been learning about, along with their work.  It is weird having a child so into history like she is, as history was one of my least favorite subjects in school. :-)  But, I am finding that through her love of history and learning all about events, people and places, that I am learning all over again.  And, now that I am older, I guess I am appreciating what I am learning, and find it fascinating, and can see how people like Alexander Graham Bell have been crucial in shaping our country with their inventions.

Recently, we were sent "Alexander Graham Bell for Kids: His Life and Inventions, with 21 Activities" by Mary Kay Carson.  This book was released back in June, and has 144 pages, filled with fun facts, photographs, and more all about this famous inventor. What I loved about this book, like the two previous IPG Books I just shared a review on (the NYC and Boston History for Kids books) is that this one also comes with 21 hands-on activities that make learning about Alexander Graham Bell that much more fun.  Both of my girls are hands-on learners, and have really taken to these types of books.  

This book not only includes the 21 hands-on activities, but has a nice timeline of Bell's life, as well as list of online resources to continue the learning beyond this book.  We are really enjoying this book, which will have kids (and adults) better appreciating Bell's remarkable accomplishments and his work that go beyond just his telephone invention.  Did you know he worked alongside Helen Keller and aviators Glenn Curtiss and Samuel P. Langley?...and that he competed alongside the Wright Brothers and Thomas Edison with inventions he was working on?  These are some of the fascinating things you were learn about when you pick up this book, and share with your child(ren).  Who knew history could be so much fun?! :-)

More about this book:

"A hands-on introduction to this inventor and his most important works

Alexander Graham Bell invented not only the telephone, but also early versions of the phonograph, the metal detector, airplanes, and hydrofoil boats. This Scottish immigrant was also a pioneering speech teacher and a champion of educating those with hearing impairments, work he felt was his most important contribution to society.      

This unique biography includes a time line, a list of online resources, and 21 engaging hands-on activities to better appreciate Bell's remarkable accomplishments. "

Kids will: 
  • Construct a Pie Tin Telegraph and a Pizza Box Phonograph           
  • "See" and "feel" sound by building simple devices           
  • Communicate using American Sign Language           
  • Send secret messages using Morse code           
  • Investigate the properties of ailerons on a paper airplane          
  • Build and fly a tetrahedral kite           
  • And more!"

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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