BLACK MAGIC: The Story of Smoke by Vera Edelstadt

BLACK MAGIC: The Story of Smoke

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Frankly, I cannot see this appealing to children spontaneously. Perhaps if interested adults presented it to them, the interest might be contagious. It is a very stylized survey of the history of coal from its formation in prehistoric swamps to today's chemical products. The main section is done in sort of prose verse form, liberally illustrated in striking black and whites by Frederick T. Chapman. The Notes at the end are virtually a small expanded dictionary of terms used in the main text, and give straight factual information on coal, dinosaurs, iron, ore, the sulfas, TNT, dynamite, plastics, atoms, etc. The sort of book some adults will think children will like -- but I think the child who would is rare.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1943
Publisher: Knopf