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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (27 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746084447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746084441
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 4.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When she wasn't out riding her bike or making things out of loo rolls and scraps of fabric, Ruth Brocklehurst spent much of her childhood reading - mainly stories about historical characters. Since then, she has been lucky enough to combine her love of books, stories and history in her job as an editor and writer for Usborne. If she could go back in time she'd like to meet Mary Queen of Scots.

Her book about the Victorians won the Longman/History Today New Generation Award.

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A covetable resource. The text is lucid and readable - this is a book no school library should be without. -- Guardian Education, 15th July 2008

Bright images, cartoons and quirky fact boxes make the pages burst with life ... a fun first reader in British history.
-- Junior Magazine

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Gow on 17 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a little older than the intended readership, but since receiving this book I have turned to it daily to fill in the gaps left by school history lessons, or simply to dip into a previously unknown period of history. The comprehensive, unpatronising treatment of the past is neither too scholarly to gloss over the gory (and fascinating) details, nor too hurried as to miss out important facts. It is extremely well written, and each page is filled with the most eye-catching and informative illustrations and photographs. I would think this excellent book is a must-have for any child (or adult) who would like to learn more about Britain's past.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Maskahl on 23 Sept. 2008
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This is an excellent history book, the sort I wish I'd had 30 years ago. Not just dates and battles and important people, but information on how the ordinary people lived, what they wore, what work they did, how events affected them, the builings...... Lots of very innformative pictures. And lots of 'asides' on historical figures whom I'd heard of, but didn't know exactly why they were important, with just enough information on each for me to gauge whether to do further research. I've given copies of this book to three youngsters in the target age group and their parents have all reported back that their offspring loved the book.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Alice Rice on 16 Mar. 2009
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This book really helped me with my homework assignment on Mary I. It is also enjoyable to read because it doesn't go into too much detail and uses simple, easy to understand, language. I am in Year 8.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Good to go on 17 July 2009
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This beautifully illustrated book of British History is a great starting point for younger readers. I bought it for my grandchildren in Japan, aged 11 and 7, but so far have been too busy reading it myself to pass it on. It is excellent value for money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Jones on 17 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book, fantastic value. Just about all the Usborne history books rolled into one. Pitched at a good level for a range of ages, as you can easily pick snippets out for younger children ( >6 years) and delve a little deeper for the older children (10 +). In fact a pretty good general introduction to many aspects of history for me too - and I'm supposed to be grown up!
I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bette Margaret Ezaz on 28 Sept. 2009
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This book is fantastic... Informative concise EAsy reading cant wait to see what happens next in British History.

It is a book that should be in everyone's home, suitable for young and Old The Usborne knack of creating reality into fantasy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Grieve on 11 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 7 year old son is very interested in British History at the moment and loves this book as it is easy to understand and gives him plenty to read up on. I found it a really useful book myself like learning history all over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clare on 6 Oct. 2010
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This big thick doorstep of a book lives up to what I expect from Usborne and does actually surpass their usual high standards. This account of our history, for children, is extremely well laid out and the illustrations, graphics and the very feel of the book are hugely satisfying and enticing. I personally love it and enjoy dipping into it, plus it is a very valuable resource in our homeschool 'classroom'. My children adore it and find it great to use for 'looking up' things and also 'just' to read for pleasure!
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