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Made in China: Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China

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By Suzanne Williams
Selected illustrations by Andrea Fong
BERKELEY, CA: PACIFIC VIEW PRESS, 1996
48 PAGES INCLUDING INDEX

This book, according to the publisher’s information sheet, is aimed at young people ages 9–13. Although it follows a timeline from the Xia Dynasty through the Ming, it does not rely on a narrative that would require the user to begin on the first page.

Instead, Made in China functions more like an encyclopedia, allowing the young reader to delve into the Chinese counting system before reading about paper even though paper precedes the counting system in the book. The index shows how the author has repeated and linked inventions throughout. Bronze is one of her first entries, and references to it appear six more times, enabling the young researcher to connect bronze with, among other things, bells and printing.