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Builders of the Old World Paperback – 1959


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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Heath (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007IWW0G
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,010,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I found this in a charity shop for just a couple of pounds.
I was shocked to see how expensive a second hand copy was.
Turns out I made a bargain.
I thought it was a book on buildings which is why I bought it for my son who is interested in building and architecture.
Instead it is the clearest book I have ever read on history.
I have only read the first part which deals with prehistory but am really looking forward to moving on to Egyptian civilisation.
It incorporates all the big historical events, language, fire, domestication of animals, metal, agriculture, bartering, counting, specialisation of skills, trade, culture and art, into a time line, making sense of how big discoveries and inventions affected humanity and changed it's direction from living in family units, to villages and tribes and then evolving into nations and civilisations.

It is peppered with little illustration which help fill the gaps words can't.
The writing is clear but not condescending.
Don't be put off by the price of a second hand copy. It is worth it!
It is a bit like a school textbook as there are questions at the end of each chapter and suggested relevant activities, like; try to start a fire by rubbing sticks of wood together.
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A lesser known source for teaching history 20 April 2011
By Farrar M. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a narrative history for kids in the same vein as Hillyer's Child's History of the World or Gombrich's Little History of the World. It covers ancient, medieval and Renaissance history. It's very biased toward European and western history and specifically toward English history. It also has all the sort of biases one would expect of a book from this time period. However, the text is engaging and detailed, the illustrations are kind of cool and it's a good resource for many topics. A good book to integrate parts of for an ancient or medieval history curricula for elementary school.
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Awesome book 22 Oct 2011
By Jeanne Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
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I taught fourth grade for nine years and taught ancient history for social studies -- Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China. While it didn't have anything on China, I always used the sections on the other civilizations. (Note: The book covered more than I needed and teachers of subsequent grades also used it in their units.) The book is well written in an appropriate language for upper elementary and covers a broad picture of the civilization. I would read parts aloud to the class as well as copy parts for them to read on their own. I like this book much, much better than The Story of Mankind by van Loon or A Child's History or the World by Hillyer. The book was not meant to be a curriculum, but a book that is very readable like a story. It is perfect for narration/retelling. My school was able to purchase three copies at a very reasonable price. It's hard to find since it's out of print.
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