Oct 14, 2013

Making Contact

Making Contact (CAN, JP, US, INT)

Written by: Monica Kulling

Illustrated by: Richard Rudnicki

Published by: Tundra Books

Published on: October 1, 2013

Ages: 5+

Provided by the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

The newest book in Monica Kulling's Great Idea Series is just as much of a winner as the others we love, like Going Up! Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top.

This time we are introduced to Italian inventor Giglielmo Marconi. When Marconi was young, like Einstein, he didn't do well at school. But he was a prolific reader and learner, even going so far as to find a telegraph operator to teach him Morse code.

He worked for many years on his idea to send wireless messages on radio waves- leading to the invention of what we know as radio. Just sending it across the room wasn't enough, he journeyed across the world to St. John's Newfoundland to make sure radio waves could make it around the world. He battled fierce winds but never gave up no matter what Mother Nature had in store for him.

Without Marconi's invention we wouldn't have radio, tv, or even cell phones. We owe him a debt of gratitude. I got to hear my mother's voice from across the world this Thanksgiving weekend, thanks in part to Marconi not giving up on his idea.

This post is for Nonfiction Monday, hosted this week by me (see post above).


  1. This collection of series would be a great addition for a home library. We love to read about discoveries and inventions and this would be perfect! thanks for sharing on NF Monday!

  2. Thank you so much, Jen, for your kind words. It means so much to a writer to hear that her words are met with enthusiasm and appreciation. Makes me want to get writing!

    All my best, Monica


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