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Storytelling is one of the hallmarks of civilization. This feature is what makes humans different from all other animals. Conrad J. Storad wrote Story Monsters Among Us: A Brief History of Human Storytelling to share the history of various storytelling styles. If you have ever wondered about petroglyphs, pictographs, or hieroglyphs, you will enjoy learning more about them. For example, do you know what important invention Cai Lun developed in China around nineteen hundred years ago? That invention is still used today. Some may even believe that Cai Lun made the most important invention in history. Storytelling has evolved over the centuries and continues to do so. Use your imagination to think about what storytelling will be like in the future. Read this book, then start becoming a storyteller.
When I was young, people said the thing that separates humans from other animals was the use of tools. Since then, scientists have found out that many animals use tools. In Story Monsters Among Us, Conrad J. Storad explains that the significant difference between other animals and humans is the storytelling nature of humans. Conrad outlines the history of storytelling from prehistoric times to his vision of the distant future. Jeff Yesh, a freelance illustrator, adds to this book in a delightful manner. Every family has at least one storyteller. This book applauds all storytellers and credits them with the advancement of civilization. Read this book with your children and help them understand the importance of storytellers like Aesop, Shakespeare, and others.