It seemed somewhat appropriate to write about Transport on this week's Ladybird Tuesday when the bank holiday weekend just gone involved 240 miles in the car (taking a total of 7 hours!), five train journeys and a taxi ride!
When you think about how far transport has come over the years it really is quite impressive. From people carrying their loads whilst they walked, through to the first human pulled sledges. From simple boats and canoes to the invention of the wheel. Using animals to first carry loads and then pull vehicles gave way to steam locomotives and on to the train systems we know today.
As well as moving on land, man can also now fly thanks to the invention of balloons, airships, aeroplanes and helicopters. He is also no longer limited by the earth's own atmosphere, and attentions have turned to space travel.
In my opinion the only thing missing from this book is some sort of a time-line to help you put all the inventions and developments into context, but then that might be an excellent thing to do as an exercise if you were home educating a child and using something like this as a resource.
In the way that so many of these old Ladybird books do, reading the text makes you realise the book hasn't all aged well. "In backward lands men and women still carry burdens on their heads or backs". Backward lands? You can't say that today!
'Through the Ages' Transport was first published in 1970 as part of series 606F (Through the Ages). This series only ever accommodated two books, the second being Food, and interestingly neither of them were ever republished.
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