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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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  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised Second Edition edition (28 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933339012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933339016
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.5 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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My 5 year old is enjoying having her questions about the ancient world answered through the stories in this book. So far we have enjoyed the nomads, Egyptians and Romans.
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We love this. Listen in the car with our five year old, he laps it up but there is plenty I am learning and captivated by. My husband thinks there is a bias towards a Christian centric world view, with the history of Old Testament areas, I haven't heard those tracks but totally forgive it for tyre wealth of info. I love the story of the discovery of silk, I can just see the Empress having picnic lunch and unwinding the cocoon that fell in her tea. This really is alive, living history.
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"The Story of the World" is world history simplified for small children.

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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Good book but from a creationist view, I am a Christian but I don't think God needs us to worry if he had limits when creating as those are clearly a human idea. This book does back up agricultural and migration discoveries of the last 20 thousand years but doesn't go beyond that. https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/human-journey/ I'm backing up this book with some anthropology in my teaching.
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My children aged 8, 10 and 12 really enjoyed the book. It made them discover the ancient world which fascinated them. They particularly loved this period of history and the book made it easy to access and understand.
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I am home schooling and bought this book 6 months ago to teach history to my 6 year old. I have not been disappointed. He has really enjoyed learning about the Egyptians and how much a part the River Nile played in their initial survival. I would recommend buying the activity book that is used alongside this as we have enjoyed making scrolls, writing hieroglyphs, making pyramid models and a makeshift river nile in the garden. I don't think I would have come up with these ideas on my own! The two definitely go hand in hand. The activity book is "The Story of the World: Ancient Times Bk. 1 [Paperback] by Wise, Bauer S". It took me a while to decide from the amazon search results which one it was as it's not labelled as an activity book.
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Unfortunately for me I didn't check whether this product had a British narrator. I was very excited to receive the product but without a crisp British voice telling the story I was disappointed. Product handling and packaging were all excellent. Sadly, I just can't give more stars.
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