Samuel Morse, That’s Who!: The Story of the Telegraph and Morse Code Tracy Nelson Maurer


Back of Book:
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!
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Henry Holt Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
There are so many amazing things that have been invented in this world. I love finding books about early technology inventors to share in my classroom.
I was thrilled to see that Tracy wrote a story about Samuel Morse. I consider him one of the unsung heroes of the technology pioneers. The story focuses on how Samuel considered different ways to communicate. He drew a system that used electric pulses to instantly carry coded messages through wires. It took a great deal of determination and extermination before he found the correct sequences. The illustrations by El Primo Ramón are detailed and showcase the many steps that Samuel took to create his code.
The back of the book has a timeline of Morse’s life as well as more facts about telegraph history. This is a fantastic nonfiction picture book that teaches readers about one of our unsung technology heroes.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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