How We Make Stuff by Christiane Dorian

How We Make Stuff

Written by Christiane Dorian
Illustrated by Beverley Yong
Part of the How the Series

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Winner of The English Association 2013 Prize (Non-Fiction 7-11)

Do you ever wonder where your clothes come from? Or how we make chocolate? This interactive guide is filled with pop ups, pull-tabs and booklets to explain exactly how we make stuff! This is the third title in the award-winning How it Works series and the first title in the series, How The World Works, won the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize.


How We Make Stuff by Christiane Dorian

Where do our clothes come from? What's the link between gorillas and mobile phones? Does chocolate grow on trees? Answering these questions and many more, How We Make Stuff is an engaging exploration of the way we use Earth's natural resources. Featuring pop-ups, pull-tabs and booklets, it is an interactive extravaganza!


How We Make Stuff by Christiane Dorion | Book Review. How We Make Stuff is an engaging and educational exploration of how we design, produce and dispose of everyday products such as t-shirts, mobile phones and burgers. What are rubber ducks really made of? Where do burgers come from? Does chocolate really grow on trees? How do we turn trees into paper? What's the link between gorillas and mobile phones? If you are a parent, your child often bombards you with the most fascinating questions -- questions that probably make you stop and think, too. In How We Make Stuff [Templar Publishing; 2012: Guardian Bookshop; Amazon UK; Amazon US], writer Christiane Dorion provides some answers to some of the burning questions of childhood -- at least a few of which remained unanswered from her own youth. This large, highly interactive book uses colourful diagrammes and flowcharts, along with a variety of fun booklets, flaps, tabs and pop-ups that describe how we design, produce and dispose of everyday products such as clothing, mobile phones and several common food items. It also explains the history and environmental impacts of human technology. Each section or chapter is a 2-page spread filled with charming and quirky paintings by artist Beverley Young, who illustrated the other two books in this award-winning How it works series. At the beginning of this book, a group of factories pop up, showing how our inventions have changed how a variety of everyday items are made. Later in the book, another section points to the curious juxtaposition between single-use disposable products that are made from materials that will last forever -- unless we develop methods for recycling or reusing these items. Along those lines, one of the flaps is a refrigerator door that can be opened to show the six types of plastic containers we use, and next to that is a pull-tab showing what happens to plastics that are not recycled. The Guardian Playful, creative and educational, 'How we make stuff

-on introduction to circular economy principles and packs many real-life examples to which young readers can relate. Author Christiane Dorion and illustrator Beverley Young have created a very entertaining and informative pop-up book, which opens readers to the exciting possibilities of the future! ? -- Dame Ellen MacArthur The Ellen MacArthur Foundation 'Attractive and full of interest, the book packs a powerful punch, carrying an important message and backed by a wealth of resources online.

-to-date in both content and in terms of its strong messages on sustainability and the future of design, this book will inform as well as providing an inspiring challenge for new generations of engineers and designers to take up. BookTrust 'I would recommend this book for children of all ages. The pop-ups and pull-tabs help to keep the reading experience interesting

'stuff', from fast food to trainers and mobile phones, this isa timely reminder of where all these items come from and what it takes to actually make them.With lift-the-flaps and pop-ups, there's plenty to keep small fingers busy, and although the book fights shy of addressing sweat shops or politics, it does have a powerful underlying message of sustainability and awareness of the chain of production that goes into making 'disposable'

's book, the author provides an informative and thought-provoking starting point for a dinner-table or classroom discussion about the practicalities of sustainable living'

About the Author

Christiane Dorion is a writer and educational consultant who has taught sustainable development for over 20 years. She coordinated the WWF UK Primary Education programme. Her passion is to write books that will inspire children to understand how the world works and to take positive actions to protect it for future generations. Beverley Young has worked with IPC Magazines, D.C. Thompson & Co. Ltd., and Makebelieve Ideas.

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18 pages


Christiane Dorian
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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st August 2012




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