Our Island Story: A History of Britain for Boys and Girls from the Romans to Queen Victoria Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Mar 2007
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"Our Island Story is...cutting edge. With its brave mix of truth and myth, it is impeccably postmodern." --The Economist, 20 August 2005
First published in 1905, this beautifully written narrative sets out the history of Britain in a way that has delighted and enthused children for generations. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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It is the perfect antidote to the lifeless, fragmented history that most children receive today. With its spledid narrative and enticing characters, 'Our Island Story' should be a big hit with children and parents alike.
- it is beautifully written with simple, image filled prose.
- the stories are short, unusual, colourful and upliftingly positive. I read 2 or 3 stories to my son each evening. I find it at least as interesting as my son, perhaps even more so -- but he loves it too; I thought he was not listening at first but he is, intently even as he plays while I read it to him. He is old enough now that he could read this large-ish type book himself but I want to read this one.
- it provides a useful high-level history of Britain for young children to build on. It is fast paced rather than getting bogged down in detail, moral dilemmas, etc. -- it provides a single, simple, view point that I think works best way for young children.
- it is illustrated with very attractive period color images that are better than one normally encounters.
- the book is well printed and bound (something I look for increasingly).
- for a book written 100 years ago, it is surprising up to date with regards to sex-equality (the author was a woman, born in Scotland, that grew up in England and later lived in America...and possibly Australia?).
Interesting they re-issued it with the shorter American version of the title. No matter.
Note: The Daily Telegraph and its readers are funding free copies of this book for British Primary Schools through an 3rd party organisation, Civitas. This book really is a superb and uplifting introduction to British history for young children that will particular appeal to those living in Britain, of British stock or members of the Commonwealth/former empire/former colonies (America!).
The best book I have seen in a long time. Highly recommended.
As a young girl raised on Hans Christian Anderson and The Brothers Grimm, I've come to expect a lot from my fairy-tales, and the accounts of Merlin and Arthur, Boadicea, and the Civil War are dramatic and moving, and it infuses the characters and dates taught in schools with feelings and emotions, provides history with a sense of humanity. And the pictures - vibrant and engaging - provided an entertaining accompaniment. I'm sixteen and I'm in love with this book. The little children I babysit (7 and 9) were as interested when I read them an excerpt the other day. What more recommendation does it need?!
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