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The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times v. 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor (Story ... History for the Classical Child (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 28 Nov 2006
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This works wonderfully as a family read-aloud... There's plenty of dialogue and enough detail to keep adults interested. --Cafi Cohen, author of Homeschooling The Teen Years"
This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.
About the Author
Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, teacher, and historian. Her books include The Story of Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, the History of the World series (W. W. Norton) and the Story of the World series (Well-Trained Mind Press). She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.
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The author recommends using the text as a starting point, and pairing it with other texts such as "The Usborne Encyclopaedia of World History".
With these two (very important) caveats in place, I cannot praise this series highly enough. The text is accessible and covers world history broadly and with a focus on relevance to society today.
Some bogus reviews accuse the author of religious bias: this is simply not true. World religions and mythology are treated fairly and respectfully. What is true is that this book begins at circa 7000BC. At NO POINT does the author claim the world began in 7000BC (or that the world was created in seven days or any other religious belief) this is simply the point at which the book begins. (Indeed "The Usborne Encyclopaedia of World History", which we remember the author recommends, puts the creation of the Earth at 4550000000BC.) If you are a Young Earth Creationist, this book will neither support nor refute your beliefs. If you are not a Creationist, this book will still neither support nor refute your beliefs. This is simply a history book which starts at 7000BC. If you are desperate to teach your five year old child about human history before 7000BC, you'll need another book ("The Usborne Encyclopaedia of World History" is excellent, but Creationists should look to their Bibles).
This series is a good story to tell children to kindle their interest in history. It covers major periods in history, world-wide and in roughly chronological order (making it easier to make sense of trends and consequences). A timeline is given in the back of the book to assist with learning.
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A wonderful book to be treasured by young learners, and even providing gems of insight for the adults too! Definitely a must have for the Christian family bookshelf. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tees projects
My son ( 7 years old) loves this book! We are reading it every night and we are reading about 20-30 minutes as he keeps wanting to know more and more. Read morePublished 20 months ago by paolavj
its is well written even for the 5 year old child. My son enjoys history!Published on 7 Dec. 2014 by Miss Melissa Galea
Lovely book for little minds. It is true to fact, interesting and simplified for little brains. My little girl is eight and she is studying Ancient Egypt and Israel at elementary... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by Theresa Humphreys
The style and lay out of the book are lovely and it respectfully address certain aspects of relatively recent history but what isn't made clear is that this book is history from a... Read morePublished on 8 May 2011 by Tinsel
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