I use this with my 7-year old granddaughter, who is history-mad, keen on the classical period as well as medieval and Tudor history. We started on it about two years ago after visiting Hadrian's Wall and staying a short walk away from Vindolanda, and it has proved an amiably ambling start to Latin. The approach is "inductive" - allowing the learner to encounter short, well-structured passages of text, largely delivered through cartoons. These feature a family living at Vindolanda, introduced initially via their resident animals, the eponymous Minimus (Tiny), a house mouse, and Vibrissa (Whiskers), the cat. Although not issue-focused, it does not shirk difficult matters, with slavery, war and death featuring quite strongly. There are retelling of myths and legends along the way, and a strong emphasis is placed on Latin derivations of English words, as well as the spelling clues they afford. There is no rote learning of declensions and conjugations, as in the old deductive approach, although this may have its place later. The gradient of difficulty is not very steep and the book could be used as a way of enriching the study of English as much as an introduction to Latin. Some knowledge of the language is useful but you certainly don't need to be a fully-paid up classicist to use it in a family context. We are just finishing this volume and my granddaughter is keen to start Minimus Secundus, so it's on order. Can't say I remember looking forward to new Latin textbooks, so Barbara Bell must have got something right.