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Makers of Many Things

Eva March Tappan

Book Overview: 

How are friction matches made? How do rags and trees become paper? Who makes the dishes on our tables? This children's book explains the origins of everyday items in an entertaining and informative way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .physician results from its willingness to dissolve in chloroform. If the skin is torn off, leaving a raw surface, this dissolved gutta-percha can be poured over it, and soon it is protected by an artificial skin which keeps the air from the raw flesh and gives the real skin an opportunity to grow again.

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There is an old proverb which says, "For a good glove, Spain must dress the leather, France must cut it, and England must sew it." Many pairs of most excellent gloves have never seen any one of these countries, but the moral of the proverb remains, namely, that it takes considerable work and care to make a really good glove.

The first gloves made in the United States were of thick buckskin, for there was much heavy work to be done in the forest and on the land. The skin was tanned in Indian fashion, by rubbing into the flesh side the brains of the deer—though how the Indians ever thought of usi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Interesting read, especially from a modern perspective. For example, there was a lengthy explanation of the many ways paper can be used. Paper practically over takes our lives so to imagine a time when it was rare is intriguing.