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The Resource Samuel Morse, that's who! : the story of the telegraph and Morse code, Tracy Nelson Maurer ; illustrated by El Primo Ramón

Samuel Morse, that's who! : the story of the telegraph and Morse code, Tracy Nelson Maurer ; illustrated by El Primo Ramón

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Samuel Morse, that's who! : the story of the telegraph and Morse code
Title
Samuel Morse, that's who!
Title remainder
the story of the telegraph and Morse code
Statement of responsibility
Tracy Nelson Maurer ; illustrated by El Primo Ramón
Title variation
  • Samuel Morse, that is who!
  • Samuel Morse, thats who!
Title variation remainder
the story of the telegraph and Morse code
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Language
eng
Summary
"A lively picture book biography of Samuel Morse that highlights how he revolutionized modern technology."--Provided by publisher
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Best STEM Books, 2020
Review
  • Gr 1–2—Who makes a great topic of a picture book biography? Samuel Morse, that's who! Maurer tells the story of Morse's invention of the telegraph and Morse code in an engaging, light text. Pencil-line drawings with digital coloring by Ramón convey a strong sense of time and place, and the heavy use of white space makes the layout appealing for young readers. Maurer begins by emphasizing some of Morse's failed endeavors, including unsuccessful inventions and his passion to become an artist. While Morse enjoyed painting, he was never critically successful; however, in his travels to become a better artist, he discovered the French optical telegraph system, which inspired the telegraph and Morse code. He eventually turned his focus to his invention and the development of a U. S. telegraph line. The simple text provides relevant connections for students in its portrayal of great success spawned from failure and revision of plans and ideas. Endpapers include a time line of Morse's life, facts about the telegraph, an extensive bibliography, and an author's note that connects Morse's code to the modern binary language of computers. VERDICT 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.—Jamie Jensen, Wayne Cox Elementary School, Roanoke, TX --Jamie Jensen (Reviewed 06/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 5, p88)
  • In a frank, upbeat style, Maurer conveys to young digital natives what it meant to communicate via telegraph: “In the early 1800s, nothing traveled long distances fast. So, who would dream of instant messages? Samuel Morse, that’s who!” Appearing in Ramón’s charcoal-lined mixed-media art as a nondescript gentleman in a tailcoat, Morse strives unsuccessfully to become an artist before beginning to tinker with what would become the first electromagnetic telegraph machine. After disastrous attempts to lay cable in New York Harbor, success came in the form of above-ground telegraph lines. While back matter provides a timeline and additional facts relating to the telegraph, readers may still have questions about the technology and Morse Code. Still, the key takeaway, that the most innovative new technologies begin with a spark of imagination, is sound. Ages 4–8. (June)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/06/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 18, p)
  • "Who created instant messages and changed the world forever?" Lively, fact-based text and energetic, kid-friendly illustrations capture the feeling of a past era to present the story of frustrated artist and creative inventor Samuel Morse. Setting the scene quickly so youngsters can jump right in, Maurer good-naturedly portrays Morse's artistic snobbery and vision, his not-so-successful experiments with invention, his interest in innovation, his willingness to take risks, his inquiring mind, and his resilience, presenting her subject as a real person to identify with rather than a flawless hero to be coolly admired. This is not a tale of diversity; the cast of characters is primarily male and white, though there are some women and people of color in the background. Periodic questions about Morse's ideas appear within the story, clarifying Morse's historical role and allowing for the repeated, titular refrain: "Samuel Morse, that's who!" By breaking down the invention of the telegraph into steps that readers will easily understand, 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. Backmatter includes a timeline, bibliography, additional facts, and an author's note. For readers who are able to remove the jacket, there is a Morse code chart on its reverse. An excellent, entertaining choice to highlight social-emotional skills, history, and STEM. (Picture book/biography. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2019)
Biography type
individual biography
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10786870
Cataloging source
DLC
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1965-
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Maurer, Tracy
Dewey number
  • 621.383092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Age 4-7
LC call number
TK5243.M7
LC item number
M37 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 1
  • 2
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Primo Ramón
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True
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  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
  • Telegraph
  • Morse code
  • Inventors
  • Painters
  • Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
  • Telegraph
  • Morse code
  • Inventors
  • Painters
Target audience
primary
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the story of the telegraph and Morse code
Label
Samuel Morse, that's who! : the story of the telegraph and Morse code, Tracy Nelson Maurer ; illustrated by El Primo Ramón
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
2018039225
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781627791304
Lccn
2018039225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1045172046
Label
Samuel Morse, that's who! : the story of the telegraph and Morse code, Tracy Nelson Maurer ; illustrated by El Primo Ramón
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018039225
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781627791304
Lccn
2018039225
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1045172046

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