Book details

Macmillan Children's Book

Samuel Morse, That's Who!

The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code

Author: Tracy Nelson Maurer; illustrated by El Primo Ramón

Samuel Morse, That's Who!

Samuel Morse, That's Who!

$18.99

About This Book

Writer Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrator El Primo Ramón present a lively picture book biography of Samuel Morse that highlights how he revolutionized modern technology.

Page Count
40
On Sale
06/25/2019

Book Details

Writer Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrator El Primo Ramón present a lively picture book biography of Samuel Morse that highlights how he revolutionized modern technology.

Back in the 1800s, information traveled slowly. Who would dream of instant messages? Samuel Morse, that’s who! Who traveled to France, where the famous telegraph towers relayed 10,000 possible codes for messages depending on the signal arm positions—only if the weather was clear? Who imagined a system that would use electric pulses to instantly carry coded messages between two machines, rain or shine? Long before the first telephone, who changed communication forever? Samuel Morse, that’s who!

This dynamic and substantive biography celebrates an early technology pioneer.

Imprint Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

ISBN

9781627791304

In The News

An NSTA Best STEM Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year

"The text effectively explains how the invention works as well as how it came to be, and young readers and listeners just may be inspired to try some inventing of their own. An excellent, entertaining choice to highlight social-emotional skills, history, and STEM."Kirkus Reviews

"The approach to Morse’s story has lots of charm, and Ramón’s digitally colored pencil illustrations leaven the square-jawed protagonist’s travails with gentle touches of humor.
A timeline, bibliography, trivia bits, and even a photograph of early nineteenth century women telegraph operators are included."—The Bulletin

"Who makes a great topic of a picture book biography? Samuel Morse, that’s who!
This is an excellent biography on a lesser-known figure; add to collections looking for inventors and makers. As it turns out, . . . amuel M - - - r . . . e was a predecessor of the maker movement."—School Library Journal

"Another accessible exploration of an instrumental figure in STEM.
Ramón's illustrations complement the breezy tone as they map Morse's journey. Readers curious about Morse code, discussed briefly in the text, should check under the book's jacket . A fun, informative way to tap into historical inventions. "—Booklist

"A valuable lesson in grit and determination."—Horn Book

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Samuel Morse, That's Who!

Samuel Morse, That's Who!

$18.99