Title: Peter Kent's City Across Time: From the Stone Age to the Distant Future
Author and Illustrator: Peter Kent
Concepts: money, technological change, markets, public services, innovation
Review: Take a crash course in history and explore the development of cities from the beginning of the Stone Age through the modern period and into the far-off future. Added into the mix are a number of important lessons in economics, including the invention of money during the Iron Age to help facilitate trade, the importance of markets and stores already in the Middle Ages for buying and selling goods, the introduction of piped water and sewage systems to keep people healthier and cities cleaner, and innovations in public transportation to reduce congestion.
With a detailed description of archeological tools and methods, as well as intricate illustrations of city life and structures, this fascinating book helps children to understand how cities evolved and how the well-being of city inhabitants improved over time.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children