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From Then to Now: A Short History of the World

From Then to Now: A Short History of the World

by Christopher Moore (2)

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Just 50,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ventured off the African savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches far out into the cosmos. How did we get to where we are today?

With lively text and colorful illustrations, From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease,


Just 50,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ventured off the African savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches far out into the cosmos. How did we get to where we are today?

With lively text and colorful illustrations, From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease, slavery, natural disasters, and the relentless growth of human knowledge. From Hammurabi to Henry Ford, from Incan couriers to the Internet, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, from Marco Polo to Martin Luther King, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, from boiled haggis to fried tarantulas – this is no less than the story of humanity. It’s the story of how we grew apart over all those years of migration and division, and how – as we recognize our common heritage and our often mixed ancestry – we can come together.

An index, maps, and notes make this a must-have reference, as well as a delight to read and to discuss. From Then to Now is bound to create a generation of history buffs!

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 “From Then to Now: A Short History of the World, by Christopher Moore, is a fascinating examination of the evolution of human civilization that is global in its span and inclusive in its outlook. The energetic narrative tells a story that rivals the very best fiction.”
 —Governor General Awards Jury’s Comment

“…From Then to Now… offers young readers ages 10 and up a fascinating look at how individual societies have struggled to make their way despite the ravages of war, disease, slavery, natural disasters and our ever-expanding wealth of knowledge. It was an ambitious undertaking to condense that much history into a form young readers 10 and up can relate to, but Toronto author Christopher Moore and illustrator Andrej Krystoforski of Poland have done an excellent job.”
Waterloo Region Record

“…[a] lushly pictorial biography, extended with archival artwork, maps, and artifacts ….”
School Library Journal

“[N]ot only introduces readers to the explorer’s life story and the challenges he faced in North America, it also provides excellent background information ….”

“… [an] excellent addition to school or home bookshelf.”
– The Globe and Mail

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
This historical journey focuses exclusively on people; so it spans a mere 50,000 years. The first 40,000 are covered in less than twenty pages through the story of "Hunters and Gatherers". Moore does an excellent job of explaining clearly and succinctly how "hominids" spread from Africa to the Middle East and on to Asia. In fact, this sets the theme of migration, struggle and diversity—of how we grew apart, but now are coming together again in the "global city." While the history is presented chronologically, this is not an encyclopedia. Moore invites us to share in the sense of what life was like just after the Ice Age when "you and your companions might be the only people on the face of the earth." While many readers may use this book as a reference, it is also a fascinating story of man's development from nomad to farm life and on to larger societies that allowed for the development of culture, art, religion, and inevitably—conflict. The final chapter describes the twentieth century with a variety of topics ranging from Gandhi to Hitler to the American civil rights struggle to the ecology movement. But this is not the usual Euro-centric approach as equal time is given, for example, to Asia, Africa, and a variety of world religions and cultures. Moore does not try to cover every important event or topic; instead he has carefully chosen representative themes that can be explained with enough detail to involve his audience in the events. He does not shy away from difficult descriptions of grim concepts such as death, disease, famine, or slavery when they are needed to paint a clear picture of the time. Watercolor illustrations, maps and photographs of artifacts are excellent additions. A world map and thorough index will ensure that this is a useful reference tool as well. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
VOYA - Laura Lehner-Ennis
From the hunters and gatherers of fifty thousand years ago to the faces of the global cities of today?that is the expanse of this new history of the world in 176 pages. Though the chapters are chronological, the narrative within them jumps necessarily from one topic to the next, circling the globe with facts and stories about each region, and is interspersed with side-notes that teens will enjoy reading. Who knew, for example, that coffee beans harvested from the fecal matter of the palm civet (a catlike animal) are treasured "for their special chocolaty flavor?" This is a decent starting point for the lay person wanting to know more about the history of the people of the world, with lots of interesting stories that might inspire the reader to want to research a certain time or event in history. The index makes it easy to look up names and places, but the information skims the surface of any given topic. A map of the world shows the locations of some of the events and sites mentioned in the book. The illustrations are nice, but do not enhance the appeal of the book. All in all, this is a good choice for someone looking for an informative and entertaining overview, but not in-depth historical facts. It belongs in the public library rather than in schools. Reviewer: Laura Lehner-Ennis
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Capably told and uniquely illustrated, From Then to Now explains how imaginative human cultures have produced an intellectually and socially dynamic world. The work follows the course of human history from hunter-gatherer beginnings, through expansion and contact, to a modern, tightly interconnected global world. Along the way, Moore tackles how humanity, through agricultural and industrial innovations, has shaped and been shaped by environmental obstacles. Full-color spot art appears occasionally, and color sidebars provide information on a number of subjects, including The Great Wall of China, The Drowned City of Helike, and the Cambodian treat, spider fries. Far from a history of conquerors, this exceptional history of humanity is a breath of fresh air.—Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

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8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER MOORE has been described as Canada’s most versatile writer of history. A winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and other prizes, he writes widely about Canadian history for adults and children. His history for young readers, The Story of Canada, written with Janet Lunn and Alan Daniel, was named one of the ten best Canadian children’s books of the twentieth century. He writes a long-running column on history and historians for Canada’s History magazine (previously known as The Beaver). A past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, Christopher Moore lives in Toronto. Visit him at www.christophermoore.ca.

Award-winning illustrator ANDREJ KRYSTOFORSKI was born in Poland, Warsaw. After earning a master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he studied painting and graphic design. He began working as an illustrator and designer, and, since then, he has designed and illustrated posters, books, cartoons, and caricatures. Andrej Krystoforski lives in Toronto and now works exclusively on painting and illustrating children’s books.

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