HISTORIAN: Good afternoon. Welcome to our Museum of Ancient History, and to my department — curiosities of the good old, far-off twentieth century. The twentieth century was often called the Era of the Book. In those days, there were books about everything, from anteaters to Zulus. Books taught people how to, when to, where to, and why to. They illustrated, educated, punctuated, and even decorated. But the strangest thing a book ever did was to save the Earth. You haven’t heard about the Martian invasion of 2040? Tsk, tsk. What do they teach children nowadays?
The lesson 'The Book That Saved the Earth' was written by 'Claire Boiko'. The play is set in a museum of ancient history, as previously stated in the play's setting. The play's presenter, a historian, welcomes everyone to her department — curiosities of the good old, far-off twentieth century. A projector was set up in front of her on a table.
Before the historian began the play, she began by giving an overview of it. "The twentieth century was commonly referred to as the Era of the Book," she began her introduction. She stated this because books were given such high priority at the time, and books were referred for all specifics and queries such as when, where, and how to do many things, like how we search the internet now for all unknown topics. There were books about everything back then, from anteaters to Zulus, which answered many of the questions that had been raised by people. 'Zulu' refers to tribes in South Africa, and 'anteaters' refers to mammals that eat ants or termites. They sketched, educated, punctuated, and even embellished their work as people relied only on books for all their references, education, doubt clarifications etc.
After lecturing on the importance of books, the historian turned the subject by emphasising the significance of one particular book. The historian presented a detailed summary of the play's narrative, highlighting a book that rescued the Earth from being conquered by Mars. And in the year 2040, this invasion was planned on Earth, but children were not aware of such invasion details.
Meaning of difficult words:
CuriosityA strong desire or eager to learn or know about
EraA long and significant period in history
InvadeTo take control of another country
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). The Book That Saved The Earth - Claire Boiko (pp 63-73). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.