From Here to There: The Story of How We Transport Ourselves and Everything Else

128p. bibliog. index. photos. reprods. websites. Viking. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780451476456.
Gr 4–8—Planes, trains, automobiles, and more are covered in this examination of how people get from one place to another. Newquist begins by looking at shoes, skates, and even sleds, positing that human life depends on locomotion. Subsequent chapters discuss the ingenuity of engineers and their inventions that revolutionized travel. The chapters are necessarily broad, but thorough. Fortunately, the book is well designed. Each chapter employs a color scheme (for picture borders and captions), while each spread contains plenty of beautifully reproduced photographs and archival illustrations, many selected from the Smithsonian's vast holdings. Before the index, Newquist includes a list of resources—perfect for students who want to learn more about individual topics.
VERDICT A fine addition to nonfiction collections, especially for those looking to beef up their STEM offerings.

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