From the grunts of cavemen to messages to the stars

THE magical journey into Disney’s The Wonderful World of Knowledge is nearly over as we reach the penultimate book in the series.

The amazing 24-set all colour encyclopaedia is nearing its finale with a closer look at Communications.

As usual, the book is packed with interesting facts and delightful illustrations, and Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto continue to guide youngsters through the pages.

The book looks at all manner of communications, from words and language to signs and symbols, with the focus moving through print, radio, telephone, computers and satellites.

Did you know that Ancient Egypt had the first postal service about 4,000 years ago? Or that between 5,000 and 6,000 different languages are spoken around the world? What about the fact that the picture on a colour television is made from just red, green and blue dots of light? It’s all there in Communications.

We are told that the first printed newspaper was published in Germany in 1609, and while we may think of advertising as relatively new, one of the oldest adverts dates from the first century AD in the city of Pompeii, where people were urged to visit a tavern.

It may also come as a surprise to find that the Internet started as far back as 1969 when it was used as a military system in the USA, and that wireless technology was first used more than a hundred years ago to send morse code.

Eight-year-old Rebecca Pitcher, of Morpeth, certainly enjoyed finding out.

“I think that The Wonderful World of Knowledge book about Communication is really good because it has bold text and words that are easy to read,” she said.

“It has bright and colourful pictures and uses Disney characters to make it look interesting. This book is nice and jolly.

“I think this book will teach young children lots of interesting meanings and words. If a young child picked up this book then I would think that they would definitely want to read it because some non-fiction books are dull and not so colourful, but this one looks like fun.

“I would really recommend this book. Your books are fab. I love them.”

Each title in the series costs £2.99 with the Morpeth Herald from participating newsagents.

If you have missed a book, simply visit our office in Newgate Street, Morpeth, or call us on 01670 517171 and back copies can be provided.