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How The Future Began: Everyday Life

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What will our lives look like in the year 2050? Where will we live? How will we get from place to place? Author Clive Gifford traces the historical development of today's modern conveniences and offers a vivid and fascinating look ahead at some of the exciting developments in store for future generations. Graphic timelines and informative captions offer an at-a-glance guide to the major milestones of human technological progress. Special Features: Illustrated timelines include major technological milestones and ...
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Overview

What will our lives look like in the year 2050? Where will we live? How will we get from place to place? Author Clive Gifford traces the historical development of today's modern conveniences and offers a vivid and fascinating look ahead at some of the exciting developments in store for future generations. Graphic timelines and informative captions offer an at-a-glance guide to the major milestones of human technological progress. Special Features: Illustrated timelines include major technological milestones and anticipated advances. 'Blurred Vision' graphics show how people in the past envisioned the future. 'Crystal Ball' boxes feature predictions and highlight breakthroughs. Comprehensive glossary and index. Related resources and websites.

Reveals the origins of today's modern marvels, from air travel to genetic engineering, and shows how they have changed our everyday life.

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Developing technology moves faster than most of us can keep up with. Adults find this fascinating but how to engage an adolescent in a historical perspective of this process is a greater challenge. Starting with the book jacket, school children will be drawn to this contemporary presentation that is loaded with snippets of facts from the 1800s, 1900s and most fascinating, the 2000 years to come. The illustrations are bold in color and frequently presented in a collage format. Photographs are intermixed with these and create energy and interest from one page to the next. The topics are grouped with headings covering everything from homes and cities to work and play. Whether readers interests lies in genetic engineering or transportation in the future, they will enjoy the fascinating facts. This is an excellent 21st century encyclopedia-style presentation that will introduce just enough details to encourage the pursuit of more in-depth information. Teachers will recognize those possibilities and applaud the assistance. 2000, Kingfisher Publications, $15.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
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Gr 5-8-An exciting journey through future possibilities, organized around the topics of cities and homes, transportation, work and play, and health issues. Dramatically graphic, each of the four major sections begins with an introduction and a soaring, abbreviated time line superimposed against an appropriate backdrop. Each two-page spread is devoted to a subtopic (future homes, ferrying people and goods, future learning, genetic engineering, and so forth) in a well-balanced, colorful collage of text, photos, graphics, inserts, and predictions. Although the text overwhelmingly anticipates positive and productive technologies, numerous environmental, health, and equity issues are raised as well. Problems of water and waste, controversial genetic practices, and equitable access to medical and leisure technologies receive particular emphasis. The book concludes with an interesting one-page glossary, as well as lists of recommended Web sites and science centers to visit (including the wonderful Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA, but oddly omitting the magnificent Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago). The lack of a bibliography is troubling. Readers are apt to take at face value the many predictions, most of which are presented as foregone conclusions, but without any supporting references. Nonetheless, students will be most interested in thumbing their way through this visually appealing book and might be spurred on to ask substantive questions.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753452684
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/15/2000
  • Series: How the Future Began Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of more than fifty books on the subjects of sports and soccer. His previous titles for Kingfisher include The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia, Soccer Skills, Summer Olympics, and Soccer.
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