Making Contact!: Marconi Goes Wireless
Monica Kulling & Richard Rudnicki
Tundra, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
aking Contact!: Marconi Goes Wireless
, by Monica Kulling and illustrated by Richard Rudnicki, is one in a
series that includes
It's a Snap!: George Eastman's First Photograph
In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine
e learn how Guglielmo Marconi grew up in Bologna, Italy in the 1870s, fascinated by science, invention and Benjamin Franklin. He learned Morse code as a child and, at age twenty '
was struck by the spark of a great idea. Could
find a way to use radio waves to send wireless messages?
e set up his equipment in attic rooms of the family villa and began his experiments. Once he got the basics working, he started testing over longer distances. He filed a patent in 1896 and set up his wireless telegraph for Queen Victoria's use. And, on December 12, 1901, he succeeded in sending a Morse code signal from Cornwall, England to St. John's Newfoundland.
is an inspiring tale and the illustrations bring it to life - perhaps it will inspire another young inventor to achieve great things!
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