Jackrabbit McCabe & The Electric Telegraph
Author: Lucy Margaret Rozier
Illustrated By: Leo Espinosa
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Release Date: September 8th, 2015
The fastest man in the West meets his match in this deliciously clever original tall tale—perfect for the Common Core classroom.
With his extra-long legs, Jackrabbit McCabe can outrun anything on the American frontier: horses, trains, and even twisters. So of course, everyone in the town of Windy Flats always counts on his speed when a message has to get out fast. Then something new comes to town: the telegraph, which can send Morse code messages with the speed of electricity. At first, no one believes the newfangled contraption can deliver a message quicker than Jackrabbit. . . . But in a race between man and machine, who will be left in the dust?
An author's note includes information about the invention of the telegraph, a Morse code key, and a riddle written in Morse code for kids to transcribe.
Clever and fun, Jacrabbit McCabe teaches kids about the telegraphs and Morse code in this fast-paced children's book.
Though my kids are the type who like the "tech me something with out me really knowing I'm learning anything" types still, they really enjoyed this and wanted to learn more about Morse code as soon as we finished. They are currently flashing each other with the flashlight, telling each other things. All I know for sure is that I see an eye doctor visit in my near future…
Jackrabbit is the fastest man in the west – he can out run trains, people, horses – but he can't out run a telegraph. Not to despair Jackrabbit, things aren't over for you! The mayor finds Jackrabbit a new job – as the telegraph operator.
This one was tons of fun! Get to you library or local bookstore and pick this one up, fast!
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