Just 50,000 years ago, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ventured off the African savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches far out into the cosmos. How did we get to where we are today?
With lively text and colorful illustrations, From Then to Now explains how individual societies struggled to find their own paths, despite war, disease, slavery, natural disasters, and the relentless growth of human knowledge. From Hammurabi to Henry Ford, from Incan couriers to the Internet, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, from Marco Polo to Martin Luther King, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, from boiled haggis to fried tarantulas – this is no less than the story of humanity. It’s the story of how we grew apart over all those years of migration and division, and how – as we recognize our common heritage and our often mixed ancestry – we can come together.
An index, maps, and notes make this a must-have reference, as well as a delight to read and to discuss. From Then to Now is bound to create a generation of history buffs!
About Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore has been described as Canada's most versatile writer of history. A winner of the Governor General's Award and other literary prizes, he writes widely about Canadian history for adults and children. He has also developed historical materials for historic sites, museums, radio, and television, and he speaks frequently to a wide variety of audiences. He writes a long-running column on history and historians for The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine. A past chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, Christopher Moore lives in Toronto.
About Andrej Krystoforski
Andrej Krystoforski was born in Poland during World War II. After earning a master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he began working as an illustrator and designer. Several years after receiving an art scholarship from the Kosciusko Foundation in New York, he emigrated to the United States. Andrej won many national and international awards before moving to Canada, where his interest in animation led to his involvement in the creation of many television shows and features including Pippi Longstocking, Heidi, Seven Little Monsters, Little Bear, Bob and Margaret, and Max and Ruby. Today, Andrej Krystoforski lives in Canada, creating children’s and young adult book illustrations.
“From Then to Now: A Short History of the World, by Christopher Moore, is a fascinating examination of the evolution of human civilization that is global in its span and inclusive in its outlook. The energetic narrative tells a story that rivals the very best fiction.”
—Governor General Awards Jury’s Comment
“…From Then to Now… offers young readers ages 10 and up a fascinating look at how individual societies have struggled to make their way despite the ravages of war, disease, slavery, natural disasters and our ever-expanding wealth of knowledge. It was an ambitious undertaking to condense that much history into a form young readers 10 and up can relate to, but Toronto author Christopher Moore and illustrator Andrej Krystoforski of Poland have done an excellent job.”
–Waterloo Region Record
PRAISE FOR CHAMPLAIN:
“…[a] lushly pictorial biography, extended with archival artwork, maps, and artifacts ….”
– School Library Journal
“[N]ot only introduces readers to the explorer’s life story and the challenges he faced in North America, it also provides excellent background information ….”
PRAISE FOR THE BIG BOOK OF CANADA:
“… [an] excellent addition to school or home bookshelf.”
– The Globe and Mail
WINNER 2011 Governor General's Literary Award - Children (English)