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Reviews Summary for Radio Rescue (written and illustrated by Lynne Barasch)
Reviews: 3 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $16.00/26.95 Canada
Description: An Amateur Radio book for children; the author recounts her father's experiences in the 1920s (and even includes his QSL card in the front of the book...nice touch)
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K1RFD Rating: 5/5 Jan 25, 2006 09:58 Send this review to a friend
Excellent, even for youngest readers  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
My daughter's school librarian recommended this book to her when she asked for books about "codes" (i.e. codes and ciphers).

It was great to find out that it's a Ham Radio story!

The book puts a lot of emphasis on how the young boy learned Morse Code back in the day. My daughter, who is a kindergartener, is fascinated with this and has asked me to read it to her 4 or 5 times already, with plenty of time spent on the Morse chart at the back of the book.

The book is well-illustrated and tells a good story, the hero being a 10-year-old boy who lived in New York in the 1920s. I recommend it to those with children between the ages of about 5 to 10.
K9YA Rating: 5/5 Jul 27, 2005 17:32 Send this review to a friend
Excellent book!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great book and the illustrations are superb. A complete review of this book was done in the Feb 2004 issue of the K9YA Telegraph.
N8DXR Rating: 5/5 Jul 27, 2005 16:55 Send this review to a friend
A GREAT gift for youngsters, and your local library as well!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
In the 1920s, a young man in New York City earned the callsign 2AZK with help from his friend Bill (Irwin) who held the call 2CUQ. That young ham - Bill Marx, later W2AZK - learned his code so well he not only passed traffic for sailors passing through the city (a nice part of the tale on its own) but also emergency traffic during the vicious 1926 Florida hurricane - of which one message saved the lives of a family in Key Largo.

Lynne's artwork, as well as a magnificent picture of her father's station taken by a local paper soon after the news of his work got out, makes this book a must have for Amateur Radio fans of all ages!

The only two changes I would have made perhaps any editor would have demanded: One, Lynne did not mention what newspaper her father's photograph came from (and that should not be that difficult a task to complete, particularly with the help of the great folks in historical research at the New York Public Library). Second, on the inside flyleafs of the book covers where Lynne has statues of the great founders of our hobby, she shows (in order) Farady, Morse, Maxwell, Hertz, Marconi and...Lee DeForest??? He'd be the LAST person you'd want in that pantheon, given his super dubious background! I'd replace him with Hiram Percy Maxim and be done with it!

But all in all, a wonderful book for any and all, just the kind of work that would make a great heirloom to be handed down. We need books for young people as much as we need them for the rest of us in this hobby, and Lynne has done nothing less than a superb job. My only other question would be, just out of curiosity: Did this ever get consideration for a Caldedott medal?

That last question is all the more poignant when you realize one Theodore Geisel (as in Dr. Seuss) *never* won either the Caldecott OR the Newberry (an FYI: The Caldecott is presented annually to the best illustrated children's book while the Newberry is awarded to the best written book for children).

Here's hoping this book is still in print.

It truly deserves to be.

If not, somebody tip the ARRL off; this would make a fantastic addition to their literary catalog...

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