It is so integral to our everyday lives that you probably never stop to think. What would it be like to live in a world without writing? It's all around us, in the text we get from a friend, the homework we have to do after school, and our favorite book that we read at night. Like it or loathe it, writing is essential to how we communicate with each other on a daily basis. But what did people do before we developed the ability to read and write? This book in the new You Wouldn't Want to Live Without series describes, in entertaining words and pictures, how we communicated before writing, why writing is so important, who first decided to writeand whether we could get by without writing.