LOOKING AT GLASS THROUGH THE AGES by Bruce Koscielniak

LOOKING AT GLASS THROUGH THE AGES

Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Koscielniak opens with the appearance of faience beads in Egypt about 4,500 years ago, closes with the development of optical fiber and, in between, charts milestones in the use and manufacture of glass, from the various chemical additions that have given it strength and color—and clarity, which turns out to be a late and tricky accomplishment—to the invention of glassblowing. Though his ink-and-watercolor illustrations are less engagingly detailed than in earlier outings, they do depict historical techniques of manufacture while artfully capturing glass’s gemlike, rainbow glitter in tiny beads and telescope mirrors, a neon sign, a great cathedral window and other objects. Young readers will come away with enough facts for a simple report, as well as a greater appreciation for what the author twice dubs an “extraordinary material.” (endpaper maps) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 17th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-50750-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2006




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