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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

Mar­coni Goes Wire­less By Monica Kulling, il­lus­tra­tions by Richard Rud­nicki Tun­dra Books, 32 pages, $20 NON-FIC­TION fans will en­joy this ac­count of how Guglielmo Mar­coni in­vented wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Toronto writer Kulling adds to her “Great Idea” se­ries of bi­ogra­phies in this easy-to-read de­scrip­tion of how this Ital­ian-born in­ven­tor ex­per­i­mented for years with his wire­less tele­graph, in­clud­ing send­ing mes­sages for Queen Vic­to­ria to and from her son on a ship in the At­lantic Ocean. Fi­nally, the first mes­sage sent across the ocean was re­ceived on Sig­nal Hill, N.L., from Corn­wall, Eng­land, on Dec. 12, 1901. Paint­ings by Halifax artist Rud­nicki add to the book’s ap­peal. A sec­ond book in the Great Idea se­ries, In the Bag, also by Kulling, tells the story of Mar­garet Knight, an Amer­i­can woman who in­vented the square-bot­tomed pa­per bag, along with 90 other items with over 20 patents. pur­poses. Kor­man’s books are es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with boys, and this one will prob­a­bly be no ex­cep­tion. Since he pub­lished his first novel, It Can’t Be Hap­pen­ing at Macdon­ald Hall, af­ter writ­ing it as a Grade 8 project, Kor­man has writ­ten some 70 books for young peo­ple.

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