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Here is an original and exciting new guide to writing -- the variety of scripts and the different ways they have been written down. Full-color photographs of ancient clay tablets, pens and inks, printing presses, and books offer a unique view of the written word.

Text and photographs trace the evolution of the written word, how the alphabet grew out of pictures, the development of papermaking, bookbinding, children's books, and ...

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Overview

Here is an original and exciting new guide to writing -- the variety of scripts and the different ways they have been written down. Full-color photographs of ancient clay tablets, pens and inks, printing presses, and books offer a unique view of the written word.

Text and photographs trace the evolution of the written word, how the alphabet grew out of pictures, the development of papermaking, bookbinding, children's books, and more.

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Gr 4-8-Starting with the earliest recorded symbols, Brookfield looks at the evolution of writing and the forms in which it has been recorded. A paragraph for each segment summarizes the method covered while illustrations, such as hieroglyphics, scrolls, and a step-by-step demonstration of typesetting, fill the pages. As with most titles in the series, the pages are so packed with art that they appear cluttered. This assault on the eyes makes it difficult to focus on any single picture or the explanatory paragraph. The writing is clear enough, and the captions are often written with humor; unfortunately, much of the effect gets lost in the visual glut. This title is more suitable for browsing than for research.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
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"Recommended for libraries and families."—(starred)Science Books & Films.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789458926
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

What is writing? 6
First signs 8
Writing with signs 10
Egyptian writing 12
ABC... 14
Before paper 20
Paper 22
A medieval Psalter 24
Manuscript books 26
Books from Asia 30
Islamic books 34
Getting ready to print 36
Typesetting 38
On press 40
Early printed books 42
Typefaces 44
Binding 46
Illustrated books 48
Learning words 50
Handwriting 52
Children's books 54
Words at work 56
The typewriter 58
The book market 60
Keeping your words 62
Index 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    EYEWITNESS: BOOK - CERTIFIED FRESH!

    Rating: 91%

    An interesting guide to the history of printing and literature, Eyewitness: Book contains plenty of interesting information and high-quality pictures to captivate the entire family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2009

    Eyewitness: Book - My Book Review!

    I quite enjoyed reading this book on the history of books because of the vast information it told me - everything from the advent of the Phoenician alphabet to the invention of the typewriter by William Austin Burt. This book contains plenty of fascinating information for anybody interested in learning outside of school hours. I learned so much from this book, as it educated me of the writings of the Ancient Chinese and Egyptians, the advent of the alphabet in the Middle East, the transfer from papyrus to parchment to paper, medieval writings, books from various countries and religions, the invention of the printing press and moveable type, various forms of type, the process through which books are bound and illustrated, the invention of the typewriter, and the impact of recent technologies on the book market. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who would like to learn all sorts of interesting information in their spare time. For anybody who enjoys this book, I also recommend reading "Books and Libraries" by Jack Knowlton, a shorter book of the same subject. I think that this book has it all - from the Ancient Library of Alexandria to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." This book is indeed "like a mini-museum between the covers of a book." I hope anybody who reads this book enjoys it. Happy Holidays!

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    Eyewitness: Book - My Book Review!

    I quite enjoyed reading this book on the history of books because of the vast information it told me - everything from the advent of the Phoenician alphabet to the invention of the typewriter by William Austin Burt. This book contains plenty of fascinating information for anybody interested in learning outside of school hours. I learned so much from this book, as it educated me of the writings of the Ancient Chinese and Egyptians, the advent of the alphabet in the Middle East, the transfer from papyrus to parchment to paper, medieval writings, books from various countries and religions, the invention of the printing press and moveable type, various forms of type, the process through which books are bound and illustrated, the invention of the typewriter, and the impact of recent technologies on the book market. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who would like to learn all sorts of interesting information in their spare time. For anybody who enjoys this book, I also recommend reading "Books and Libraries" by Jack Knowlton, a shorter book of the same subject. I think that this book has it all - from the Ancient Library of Alexandria to "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." This book is indeed "like a mini-museum between the covers of a book." I hope anybody who reads this book enjoys it. Happy Holidays!

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