Would You Believe...in 1400, Reading Could Save Your Life?! and Other Academic Advantages by Richard Platt

Would You Believe...in 1400, Reading Could Save Your Life?! and Other Academic Advantages

Written by Richard Platt
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Part of the Would You Believe... Series


Would You Believe...in 1400, Reading Could Save Your Life?! and Other Academic Advantages by Richard Platt

The next title in the Would You Believe series charts the growth and development of education and learning throughout history. Readers will learn about the often painful and frequently distasteful educational practices that our ancestors employed, and explore some unusual teaching methods used today. Find out about the Neolithic cave school, the English charity boarding school in Dickensian times, where pupils shared their boarding rooms with chickens and turkeys, and the one-room school in Nebraska where the handful of pupils ride to school on horses.

About the Author

Richard Platt

As an artist
I've written about 60 books, mostly factual books for children. My first children's book was Incredible Cross Sections, which had fantastic illustrations by Stephen Biesty. One of the things I enjoy most about writing is that it gives me the chance to work with wonderful illustrators. When Chris Riddell drew the pictures for Castle Diary and Pirate Diary he managed to capture the characters of all the people in the stories exactly as I'd imagined them. I also love writing because people pay me to find out all this fascinating stuff about strange, wacky and obscure subjects. I spend far more time than I should trying to find amazing facts that bring a subject to life. I trawl through books at home (I've got 2500) and in dusty libraries.

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48 pages


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Publication date

2nd July 2009



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