Transformed: How Everyday Things Are Made.
Did you know that jellybeans were invented in the 1600s in France? Or that blackboard chalk starts out as tiny sea creatures? We use, eat, wear, and play with many things without giving a thought to where they come from or how they're made. This book reveals the origins of familiar objects, including teddy bears, plastic wrap, toothpaste, and potato chips. Whimsical color illustrations of miniature factory workers and step-by-step explanations guide the reader through the entire production process, from raw material to finished product to packaging. Each diagram includes a brief history of the item being described and interesting facts about it. For instance, people in the United States use enough dental floss each year to stretch to the moon and back more than five times. Kids who can be captivated by the story of how their milk gets from the cow to the breakfast table or how a piece of wood becomes a sheet of paper will enjoy this book. For ages 9-12. Kids Can Press, 2005, 160 p., color illus., hardcover, $24.95.
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|Date:||Oct 1, 2005|
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