Children's LiteratureThis book is part of the series "20th Century Design," covering the twentieth century in sets of decades, with the 1960s and 1990s in individual volumes. Each book is like a time capsule and looks at how design and technology of the decade(s) influenced daily life. Many inventions of the 19th century did not affect the lives of people until the first two decades of the 20th century, when cheaper means of production made them available at lower prices. World War I changed the roles of men and women as the women took men's jobs at home while men went to war. Change was on the horizon but slow in coming. These changes in the work place affected fashion as well, and for the first time, it was acceptable for women to wear pants. Art Nouveau affected interior as well as exterior design of buildings and furniture. The availability of electric power had tremendous impact on family life, especially as more and more families were able to afford it. Illustrated primarily with photographs, the layout is cluttered and distracting, and many of the items featured are more avant-garde than mainstream. This distracts from the book's value as a true reflection of the decade. 2000 (orig. 1999), Gareth Stevens, $22.60. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-7-Like a whirlwind tour through a pop-culture museum, these heavily pictorial titles look at design and technology as they applied to each period's fashion, art, household appliances, furniture, transportation, and architecture. Space allotted to each entry often allows for little or no clarification. Colorful photographs are generously interspersed among the short blocks of text. Captions and sidebars abound, providing information in tidbit form. Some of it is unique, such as the description of the method for creating pure aluminum in 1900-20. Other captions are superfluous; in The 60s, the still from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey states that "This attendant on an interspace station flight is dressed all in white." Also, the books included in the short lists for further reading do not provide publication dates. These series titles can be considered supplemental to books such as the "A Cultural History of the United States through the Decades" series (Lucent, 1998) and Stephen Feinstein's "Decades of the 20th Century" series (Enslow, 2000).-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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