The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor / Edition 2

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Overview

This first book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers' polls—over 150,000 copies of the series in print!
What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi's tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome?
Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas—find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World, Volume 1 includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations.
Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests—each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Text Book. Volume 1 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-5.

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Editorial Reviews

Homeschooling in Japan
“This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.”
Cafi Cohen
“This works wonderfully as a family read-aloud... There's plenty of dialogue and enough detail to keep adults interested.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933339016
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2006
  • Series: Story of the World Series
  • Edition description: Revised Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 149,895
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series, The Well-Trained Mind, The Well-Educated Mind, The History of the Ancient World, and The History of the Medieval World. She lives in Charles City, Virginia.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    I Love Susan Wise Bauer and The Story of the World part 1

    I am actually going through this a second time with my younger son. We use this as our history for our homeschool. I've learned more going through all 4 parts of this series than I ever did before in all my years of history. It starts at the beginning. It's not based on the theory of evolution. She also recommends several supplemental books to use with each chapter to get additional material. Not to mention other books to read, maps, and activities to reinforce what's taught! It's a fantastic series for any homeschool!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2010

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    Perfect Intro to World History

    I've been reading "The Story of the World" to my 6-year-old for the past several weeks. While the book is comprehensive in its' overall time line, we've been picking and choosing stories based on what interests us on a given day. Last night we chose three stories summarizing the life and exploits of Alexander the Great. Last week we read about the adventures of Odysseus. Before that, it was the Remus and Romulus myth surrounding the beginnings of Rome. And don't forget the appropriately detailed overview of the lives of gladiators.

    I think next up will be Early America civilizations...

    Each chapter is short and focused, and written well for K-3rd grade. The chapters are written as stories or narratives which make the learning perfectly consumable by the target age ranges.

    Not only have I found my son making real world connections and references to items we've read in the book, but I've also learned a few new things myself.

    This is highly recommended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Let's be honest

    If you want your child to grow up to be politically correct, this book will help. To be unable to distinguish between fact and legend is essential; otherwise, when your child is presented with more explicitly political material at a later age, he/she may well question it or even demand proof. However, if you do not want your child to develop a habit of accepting unquestioningly what she/he is taught, you will want to avoid this book and the many others like it.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book is well done, the sections are short and very interesting. My kids, 9 and 7, like the stories and listen intently. Makes learning history more fun!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Excellent history book

    I now have the entire series for my 9 year old son and he has "devoured" each and every one. I started off reading a chapter a day but he wanted far more and begged to read on his own. A wonderful way to learn history and my friends are excited to find these books an informative, historical and interesting/educational source also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Great read aloud book for 5 yr old +

    We've been reading from this text nightly. The chapters are short, the verbiage is geared towards younger children, etc. We are enjoying the book and my 5 yr old really gets it, asking questions, and even using sentences like 'that's like the euphrates river we read about.'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    I pre ordered mine from the publisher last year. Its the best 1-4th grade history text I've ever used

    It presents history as a story. It contains 42 chapter of less than 7 pages. it can be read independently by a 4th grader or used as a read aloud history book for 1st through 3rd grade. we will definately be getting the activity guide when it becomes available

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