The Second in the World to Invent Telephone: Elisha Gray


A fascinating illustrated biography about Elisha Gray, the second person to invent the telephone.

Age Range: 6-10 years

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Elisha Gray may not have received a patent for inventing the telephone, but he still made huge advances in the technology people use to communicate. Despite never completing a formal education, failing as a dairy farmer, and possibly having the plans for his best invention stolen by his rival, Alexander Graham Bell, Elisha still went on receive 70 patents for a variety of things including a very early version of what we now know as a fax machine and the world’s first electric musical instrument! Learn all about the life and inventions of this 19th century scientist in this exciting book packed full of fun facts, vibrant illustrations, and interactive activities.

About the Author

Farren Phillips is an author and illustrator from the UK. She is the creator of WHEN I’M NOT LOOKING and THE SECOND IN THE WORLD TO SAIL THE GLOBE: SIR FRANCIS DRAKE. She creates a range of wacky and funny books for children with deeper educational themes. From philosophy to funny jokes, Farren’s work is always packed full of fun for an entertaining reading experience for both parents and children.

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Additional information

  • Publisher: ‎ Yeehoo Press (August 9, 2022)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Hardcover: ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN: 9781953458407
  • Grade Range: Grade 1-5
  • Dimensions: ‎ 10.6 in. x 10.6 in.


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