The Everyday Journey of Ordinary Things


How do we get jeans? How is it possible that a puff of cotton ends up with us stepping in and buttoning up? What about books? What’s the process of having an idea for a story and then seeing it in print? Libby Deutsch and Valpuri Kerttula explain the process of twenty items with which we live, upon which we depend, in The Everyday Journey of Ordinary Things.

For example, did you know that human hands, vacuums and laser cameras are employed to recycle glass? An additional piece of information is that ‘not all glass can be recycled’, for example oven dishes and window glass. Did you know that the ‘sweet, gluey pulp‘ that surrounds the cacao seeds which become chocolate, taste like lemonade? There’s a fourteen stage process from fruit tree to lorry before we can enjoy chocolate! The scientific name for its tree, ‘theobroma cacao means ‘food of the gods’! 

The information included in The Everyday Journey of Ordinary Things is riveting. It makes this bookseller read back to understand and thereafter, need to comment and share! This book is so interesting. Furthermore, it feels like a prompt to have us care more about the people and processes involved in providing us with those things upon which we depend, each day.

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The Everyday Journey of Ordinary Things

Libby Deutsch illustrated by Valpuri Kerttula

(Ivy Kids)- hardback

From the clothes in which we dress, to the light switch we push or the sliced banana in our cereal, what is The Everyday Journey of Ordinary Things? These are items upon which we depend to make our lives tick over! So how does milk travel from a cow to our refrigerator? Thereafter how is a newspaper made?
Libby Deutsch explains the process of twenty items and processes. Her explanations are precise, perfectly sequenced and thorough. Furthermore, she adds extra information. For example, when she explains how money works in our world, we learn that ‘the British pound originally meant a pound (lb) weight of silver‘! 
The fact that the journeys are mapped by Varpuli Kerttula, really supports Libby Deutsch’s explanations. In addition it helps to realise the fluency, from original matter, for example how fossilised animals become fuel, ‘pumped up through one of the hoses under the pump and into the petrol tank of a car’! 
The Everyday Journey of Ordinary Things is a fascinating, informative and comprehensive book. Its breadth of information has absorbed Bookwagon! Therefore, we recommend this superb title for home and school.


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