Children's LiteraturePart of the "Great Inventions" series, this title explains, in simple language, the development of the camera from the Greek's camera obscura to the digital cameras of today. The author describes how cameras actually work and how much easier they are to use now than, for example, when Matthew Brady chronicled the Civil War in the 1860's. The reader also learns that no single person invented the camera, but rather that it developed from many people's work and ideas. Throughout the text, special fact boxes add interesting details to the history of the camera; one fact box gives the title and year of the first book ever illustrated with photographs. Making for interesting reading on their own, the timelines, glossary, and list of Internet sites at the back of this book make it very useful as an elementary school research text. The "Hands On" section, showing how to make a camera obscura with household items, will appeal to the kinesthetic learner. 2005, Fact Finders/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.