Sunday, January 1, 2012

From Typewriters to Text Messages: How Communication Has Changed by Jennifer Boothroyd

There are so many ways these days to stay in touch with someone. You can call them on the phone, send them an email, write them a letter, or send them a text. This hasn't always been the case, of course; things like email and phones that can text are relatively new in the history of communication. But what came before them? How did people communicate in the past? From Typewriters to Text Messages will take you on a journey of the different ways that people have shared news, ideas, and their lives.

One of Lerner's continued strengths is that it packages its books in ways that will appeal to readers. It's easy to see this book being used for school projects, but I can also see it being picked up by non-fiction readers, particularly those who like history or technology. The fonts, pictures, and colours all work toward making this an appealing book without de-emphasizing its credibility. How long will it be before the book needs to be updated to show a further change in communication? Only time will tell, and in the meantime this is a solid book for young readers and learners.

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Lerner Publishing.

Find it at IndieBound. 

Read it with:
The Mindset Lists of American History by Tom McBride and Ron Nief
From Chalkboards to Computers: How Schools Have Changed by Jennifer Boothroyd
From Marbles to Video Games: How Toys Have Changed by Jennifer Boothroyd

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