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Write Around the World

(1998)
The Story of How and Why We Learnt to Write
A Picture Book by

 
 
In this lively history of writing, six goofy birds - a penguin, two toucans, an owl and two chickens - team up to tour the world of writing: how it developed, where alphabets came from, and the origins of international languages such as Latin, Esperanto and Morse Code. They begin their time-travelling journey in 4000 BCE with the Sumerians, who invented pictograms out of the necessity to keep trading records. One of the toucans flies on a kite tail to China to learn about characters, the penguin walks like an Egyptian in full headdress across the desert sands to uncover hieroglyphs, and then there's a mad rush of characters who pass the idea of an alphabet around Europe and the Near East. Illustrated in full colour, "Write Around the World" includes light-hearted and informative sections on the world's alphabets, languages, handwriting, calligraphy, typefaces and punctuation, icons, and secret codes as well as a glossary of important words.

    

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Hardback Editions

September 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Write Around the World: The Story of How and Why We Learned to Write
Author(s): Vivian French
ISBN: 0-19-521924-4 / 978-0-19-521924-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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September 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Write Around the World
Author(s): Vivian French
ISBN: 1-84089-080-0 / 978-1-84089-080-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zero to Ten
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September 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Write Around the World: The Story of How and Why We Learnt to Write
Author(s): Vivian French, Ross Collins
ISBN: 1-84089-025-8 / 978-1-84089-025-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Larousse Kingfisher Chambers
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Paperback Editions

April 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Write Around the World: The Story of How and Why We Learnt to Write
Author(s): Vivian French
ISBN: 1-84089-293-5 / 978-1-84089-293-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zero to Ten
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January 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Write Around the World
Author(s): Vivian French
ISBN: 1-84089-135-1 / 978-1-84089-135-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Zero to Ten
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