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A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World
     

A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World

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by Elizabeth MacLeod, Frieda Wishinsky, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
 
This fascinating, chronological ?walk through history? offers a unique perspective by providing context and connections ?to show how we are all part of, and linked to, the past, the present and the future.? From the first appearance of humans six million years ago up to the modern day, 180 extensively researched and fact-checked entries describe world-changing events

Overview

This fascinating, chronological ?walk through history? offers a unique perspective by providing context and connections ?to show how we are all part of, and linked to, the past, the present and the future.? From the first appearance of humans six million years ago up to the modern day, 180 extensively researched and fact-checked entries describe world-changing events and people through time. The topics covered include scientific discoveries; revolutions (political, industrial and scientific); natural and human-made disasters; important books, plays and art; and the people behind it all. Fully illustrated and written in an engaging, accessible, quick-moving style, the entries capture the essence of what makes each subject noteworthy and why it mattered at the time as well as today. ?Learning about history makes you realize that what happens in one place and time can spill over to another,? the authors write. ?Each event creates a ripple effect. Sometimes we don't know what the ripple will be till years later.? They flesh out this cause-and-effect concept in numerous cross-references to other related entries in the book, and in special ?Ripples? boxes that further explore the future impacts of the event. Besides the table of contents, which can function also as a time line, the book contains a separate at-a-glance time line broken down by subject, a particularly helpful resource for social studies lessons, and an extensive index. This essential, thorough, one-stop history sourcebook is sure to find continuous use in the classroom or library.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Compact and surprisingly complete, this volume is a superb introduction.—School Library Journal

This heavily illustrated title takes readers on a whirlwind tour through historical milestones.—Booklist

The book is easy to navigate and includes fun, colourful illustrations.—Quill & Quire

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Selecting 180 significant events, people, and inventions between the appearance of early human ancestors over six million years ago, and continuing through 2011 is no small feat. However, MacLeod and Wishinsky make a good case for their selections. Sidebars, entitled "Ripples" provide further explanation (or the ripple effect) of why a particular piece of history is included. The book is arranged chronologically, and occasionally a piece will reference another event, providing the relevant page number for further exploration by the reader. Taken as a whole, the book offers a walk through human history. Occasionally, there is some personal information about a scientist or explorer that points out a difficulty or obstacle the person had to overcome. Readers will get a good sense of cause and effect, so important in understanding history. I discovered one error: On page 52 the authors state that, "The War of Independence ended in 1781 at Yorktown, New York." Actually, the British surrendered at Yorktown, VA. A table of contents can be perused for an overview of history. An index allows readers to look up individuals, events, inventions, and more. Wonderfully helpful is the timeline, which is divided into "Inventions & Discoveries," "Science, Mathematics & Medicine," "Arts, Architecture & Language," "History, Politics & Religion" with a corresponding range of dates. This is a useful tool for students who are selecting research projects. It may also encourage readers to find out what was happening in the world at the time of each of these selections. Recommended for the classroom, but also for a child's personal library. Each article is brief, and can be read independently of the others. Clearly written, interesting and informative (despite the aforementioned error), this book just might be the impetus for a child to engage in history. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 4–6—This book's time line encompasses a lot of history, 6,000,000 BCE through 2011 (and beyond), and the 120-odd pages do a great job of briefly introducing 180 important historical events. Touching on landmark events (first humans appear, fire is discovered, language and farming are developed, the wheel is invented, Hitler's rise, the Moon landing, the collapse of communism in Europe, 9/11), this is a good place to start when introducing world history to young students. Cartoon illustrations are a softly hued and slightly humorous distraction at times, but more often they help to clarify the text. Colored sidebars titled "Ripples" offer further information or explication. For example, while readers learn about the Magna Carta, the side box explains that King John had no intention of honoring this agreement, but that it "changed England and much of the world forever." A handy chronology divided by subject areas and a complete index round out the presentation. Compact and surprisingly complete, this volume is a superb introduction.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine PublicLibrary, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Unusual for its ambition if nothing else, this selective encyclopedia of "world" historical, cultural and scientific highlights offers at least a few unexpected choices but rarely looks beyond Europe and North America. Arranged in chronological order, the 180 entries begin with the appearance of the first humans ("descended from apes," as the authors inaccurately put it) about 6 million years ago and end with the 2011 earthquake near Japan. In between, they cover inventions from the plow to MP3 files, people from Confucius to Barack Obama, and events of diverse scale, from the "Rise of Greece" to the publication of the first Harry Potter book. Entries fill up a third of a page to a full spread; each features a date (with "BCE" appended for all before the year 1, justified by the optimistic claim that "it is acceptable to all peoples"), and most include both an informally drawn watercolor illustration and a quick, boxed comment on historical "ripples" that spread from the event or invention. This Canadian publication's focus on its own national history is so close (not to mention Eurocentric: "1608: Champlain establishes permanent settlement in Canada") that the American Civil War gets just two quick mentions--which is more notice than most African, Asian and Indian histories or cultures receive. Satisfying fare for the culturally myopic. (index, no bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554537754
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Pages:
124
Sales rank:
691,271
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.

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A History of Just about Everything: 180 Events, People and Inventions That Changed the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
The book starts in 6,000,000 BCE when the first humans appear and goes through 2011 with the earthquake in Japan.   The stories are not your normal boring history lesson. The reading is kid friendly and full of fascinating facts that kids will be intrigued by therefore making learning their history lesson "fun". Included in the book are "Ripples" which include facts on how humans have changed the world. These facts are very interesting to me as a lover of history, but I think they will also appeal to my students. This is definitely a must have for my classroom!