Children's Literature - Tina HudakAnyone interested in the meaning of eyewear will find this book, one in the "Household History" series, fascinating. The 45 pages are filled with enjoyment-combining text, pictures and suggestions for simple experiments. The four chapters present a broad array of information including: the mechanics of the eye; history of eyeglasses from Roman times to present day; differing cultural influences on style; myths, and highlights of fashion trend setters from Teddy Roosevelt to Spike Lee. A photograph of a collection of 1700 American eyewear meshes well with a color reproduction of Ben Franklin, and both accompany text noting his invention of bifocals. The type style and size are legible for a young reader. Nineteen words are bolded throughout and are referred to in the "Glossary." A one-page "Index" is included and works well. A special feature, "Crafty Eyeglasses," provides clear instructions using text and visuals for construction of 18th century lorgnettes. The only oversight is the lack of a biography about the author. For any young reader this is a lively and positive introduction to the topic. Whether used for a school project or personal interest, Eyeglasses is an asset for any children's collection.
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