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There are six innovations in our modern society that were not invented overnight, but rather took many years and many minds to create. How We Got to Now takes a look at those six areas: glass, cold, sound, clean, time, and light. In a non-fiction book perfect for middle to upper grade readers, author Steven Johnson captures the reader’s attention through engaging narrative text and authentic photographs.
Each chapter is a walk through history, with snippets of time periods and inventions that led to the world we live in today. From physician John Snow’s discoveries about the spread of cholera, to Clarence Birdseye developing flash freezing for food.
I loved how the book was divided into not only the chapters explaining the six innovations, but within each chapter were sections about the different time periods and inventions. The photographs and captions throughout the book helped breakup the text-rich pages and provide amazing visuals to further comprehension .
We recommend this book for 5th grade and up!
Author Bio: Steven Johnson is the popular, bestselling author of Wonderland and How We Got to Now, among other adult books. He was the host and co-creator of the PBS series How We Got to Now and has written for many blogs and publications, including TIME, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.