Duration: 1st March – 31st March
Number of books: 7
Hosted by: Crazy Challenge Connection
Alexander Graham Bell may be best known for patenting the first telephone, but the prolific inventor also developed innovations ranging from a forerunner of the iron lung to the airplane that made the first powered flight in Canadian history. In honor of what would have been his 171st birthday, here’s our celebration of the life of Mr. Bell.
1. Born March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Bell is best known for inventing the first working telephone and founding the Bell Telephone Company. He held more than 18 patents in his own name, plus 12 more that he shared with collaborators.
a book set in Scotland OR a book with an intact 18 or 12 in the total page count; tell us how many pages. – The Ironwood Tree by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (128 pages)
2. The second son of Alexander Melville Bell and Eliza Grace Symonds Bell, he was named for his paternal grandfather. The middle name “Graham” was added when he was 10 years old. He had two brothers, Melville James Bell and Edward Charles Bell, both of whom died from tuberculosis.
☎ Read book #2 from a series; tell us the series
OR a book by an author who uses three names, not just initials (i.e., Joyce Carol Oates or Orson Scott Card); post a link to the author’s GR page
The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
3. During his youth, Bell experienced strong influences that had a profound effect on his later life. Bell’s hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland, was known as the “Athens of the North” for its rich culture of arts and science. His grandfather and father were experts on the mechanics of voice and elocution, and his mother, who was nearly deaf, became an accomplished pianist and inspired him to undertake big challenges.
a book by an author with double Ls in his/her first or last name; post a link to the author’s GR page OR a book featuring a child under 12 years old; tell us the age.
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (Henry, 8 years old)
4. From a young age, he was groomed to carry on the family business, but he and his father did not often see eye to eye. Seeking a way out, Alexander volunteered to care for his grandfather when he fell ill in 1862. The elder Bell encouraged young Alexander and instilled an appreciation for learning and intellectual pursuits. By age 16, Alexander had joined his father in his work with the deaf and after the family settled in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1870, Alexander set up a workshop to continue his study of the human voice.
☎ Read a book in which a character takes over the family business; tell us the business
OR a book whose title begins with O (disregard A, An and The). – The Wrath of Mulgarath by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
5. On March 10, 1876, after years of work, Alexander Graham Bell perfected his most well-known invention, the telephone, and made his first telephone call. With this success, Alexander Graham Bell began to promote the telephone in a series of public demonstrations. At the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, in 1876, Bell demonstrated the telephone to the Emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro, who exclaimed, “My God, it talks!” Other demonstrations followed, each at a greater distance than the last. In January 1915, Bell was invited to make the first transcontinental phone call. From New York, he spoke with his former associate, Thomas Watson, in San Francisco.
☎ Read a book originally published in March of any year; tell us the year OR a book set in New York City or San Francisco; tell us which city
6. Bell died at his summer home in Nova Scotia on August 2, 1922. Two days later all telephone service in the United States and Canada was suspended for a full minute at the precise moment when Bell was lowered into his grave. An army of 60,000 telephone operators stood silently at attention and did not connect any new calls as the continent’s 13 million telephones went quiet.
☎ Read a book set in Canadian summertime (June, July or August); tell us when OR a book with a telephone on the cover (NOT a cell phone, an “old-fashioned” phone); post the cover
NOTE: The book does not have to be set in Canada, just during the months when it’s summer in Canada.
North Child by Edith Pattou
7. After his death, to honor the inventor’s contributions to acoustical science, the standard unit for the intensity of sound waves was named the “bel” in the 1920s. The decibel, one-tenth of a bel, is the most commonly used metric for measuring the magnitude of noise.
Read a book that features an inventor or scientist; tell us the career OR read one of the books that falls in the first tenth of your TBR list, sorted in whatever method you choose. If you have 350 books on your TBR, you would read one of the first 35 books. Tell us the book’s position on your list.
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett