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  • Item #: 002481
    ISBN: 9780140341584
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    The 1951 Newbery Medal Winner. Born a prince in Africa, Amos Fortune believes he must live to serve his people. Although captured and brought to the United States as a slave, Amos never forgets his high calling. In spite of his circumstances, Amos lives his life as a testimony to freedom - the freedom that can only come from faith in God. By Elizabeth Yates.

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  • Item #: 052699
    ISBN: 9780615348032
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    "America is unlike any other nation in the world. Born in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, she has had only one form of government since the U.S. constitution was ratified in 1789. Neither our closest allies nor our fiercest enemies have experienced the stability with which America has been blessed…America Exceptionalism is the result of distinctive Biblical ideas such as God-given inalienable rights, limited government, full republicanism, separation of powers with checks and balances and especially, an educated and virtuous citizenry." (From the Foreword)

    As Christians, we recognize God's blessings on this nation from the beginning, and yet we are living in a generation that is seeing the slow erosion of this blessing as our nation drifts farther and farther from His Word. If you are longing to better understand America's Christian heritage and your role in it, then read this book! Beginning with the biblical foundation for citizenship and the characteristics necessary to form a biblical worldview, the author presents the historical precedence of our Christian nation and takes a serious look at how our nation has gotten to the place it is today, concluding with a challenge to believers to take a stand for biblical values and liberty. In the words of the Old Testament prophet, Hosea, "My People are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." As Believers, let us learn what it means to be an active, stable and committed member of society based on a Godly foundation. An excellent study for high school students and adults, each chapter offers thought provoking questions for reflection and discussion. 223 pgs, pb. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 049656
    ISBN: 9780618243433
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    Most children are intrigued by birds because of their quick, hurried movements, and especially by their ability to fly. John James Audubon was a child that was enthralled by birds and their behaviors. Eventually, he would become known as the best painter of birds, capturing their natural, various behaviors from flying to preening. Born in France, Audubon was sent to Pennsylvania by his father to escape Napoleon's war. While there, his fascination with birds grew, and he desired to capture the beautiful birds on paper with his artistic abilities. But the young artist wondered one thing: Where did the birds go during the winter, and did the same ones return in the spring? With colorful and various illustrations, you will enjoy exploring this book as you discover Audubon's key to discovering the answer. hc. – John

  • Item #: 049591
    ISBN: 9781893103337
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    Have you imagined what it would be like to live a life of adventure by traveling to foreign lands and meeting famous people? Jessie Benton Fremont led such a life in an extraordinary time of American history. Born of a Missouri senator, Jessie later married a man who would associate with men like Kit Carson, become an officer in the U.S. Army and an important figure in the founding of California as a state. He and Jessie played key roles in establishing the new land as a free state. During her lifetime, Jessie served as a nurse during the Civil War and met with Lincoln more than once. She traveled to England and France, where she was presented at court in both countries. If you enjoy history, adventure, and intrigue, why not read a book that will teach you more about captivating U.S. history? 183 pgs, pb. – John

  • Item #: 048938
    ISBN: 9780794524005
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    Reading through this Usborne book made me want to take a few vacation days and go explore someplace exotic. It highlights some of the most popular or influential explorers from ancient to current times. It shares their exciting stories in a concise but captivating way, showing the supplies they needed, hardships endured, reasons for their travels, how their trips made history, and more. The text itself is fascinating, but the illustrations really make the book stand out. There are cartoon drawings and profiles of the explorers with speech bubbles displaying things they said or wrote, photographs or reproductions of famous vessels, tools, etc. used in exploration, colorful maps, and scenes of impressive things explorers discovered. Small text boxes share especially interesting information, captions are descriptive and informational, and the text is engaging. Starting with the ancient Egyptian adventurer Harkhuf, who traveled to a place called Yam to bring back precious treasures to the king of Egypt, the book continues through explorers such as the ancient Greek Pytheas, Vikings like Leif Ericsson, the Italian traveler Marco Polo, the Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta who covered 75,000 miles across Africa, the 15th Century Chinese adventurer Zheng He who explored the lands around China for the emperor and spread the word that China was in charge, Portuguese sailors who explored the African west coast looking for a way to Asia, Christopher Columbus and other adventurers who explored/invaded the New World, and Ferdinand Magellan's trip around the world. The scientific aspects of later explorations are also covered, like Captain Cook's mapping of the coast of Canada, and then attempting a scientific expedition to the Pacific Ocean; nature-lover and German-born Alexander von Humboldt who studied the plants and wildlife of South American jungles; Lewis and Clark's remarkable adventure across North America; Dr. Livingstone's missionary efforts in Africa; British officer Charles Stuart who explored the Australian outback; and even more current Antarctic adventures and races. Ocean and space exploration are touched on lightly. Obviously, a wide range of explorers and explorations are covered, so this is a perfect introductory book for kids and a good way to get them to see the excitement and adventure of exploring. By Anna Claybourne, 104 pages, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 045285
    ISBN: 9781587611148
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    This book covers many holidays, special occasions, rituals, and traditions within many religions and in many parts of the world, and makes for an interesting read and a real education on different cultures. The discussion of each topic often includes variations that one might find, and, of course, the origin or history of the tradition. Topics are organized by seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. You'll find traditions that are well known in the American culture at large, such as Easter, Independence Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, wedding cakes, and even Super Bowl Sunday. You'll find some that may be a little less known such as Purim, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice. And you'll find some that are obscure for most of us here in the U.S., such as Maslenitsa and Vesak, and customs in China for when a baby is born. Not only will you travel the world, but you'll also get some creative ideas, such as what to do after the Thanksgiving meal, or ideas for making Mother's Day special. Besides educating us and our children, reading a book like this can remind us to savor life and stop going through the motions. 272 pgs, pb ~ Caryl

  • Item #: 036500
    ISBN: 9780140455168
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    This classic, historical book was written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, who was born in AD 69 and became the private secretary to Roman Emperor Hadrian. The book includes twelve chapters, each telling the life story of one man who gained power over Rome. The men include Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Follow the events of Rome as the book shares about the powerful men who ran it. The book is full of great anecdotes, wry observations, detailed physical descriptions, and personal and public information about each leader. This edition was translated by Robert Graves, and it includes the straightforwardness of the original in an easy-to-read version that has become very popular. The book also includes an introduction by Michael Grant, a detailed index, maps, a timeline, keys to terms and places, and more. 364 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 034100
    ISBN: 9781426301339
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    Many people have heard of Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and King Tut, but not of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was a remarkable woman who was born into a royal family around 1530 B.C. She started out as princess and then queen, and she eventually became Pharoah, the King of Egypt. There was simply nobody to hand down the title of king to after her husband passed away, so naturally she took his title. Nobody seemed to mind until about twenty years after her death. Someone then tried to erase all traces of Hatshepsut from history. Her statues were lugged off of their bases, smashed, and buried. Her pictures were scratched out of the scenes on temple walls. Nobody knows for sure why, but there is speculation that Egyptians began to feel that the idea of a female pharaoh was unnatural and perhaps wanted to cover up the fact that one ever existed. This book is loaded with all kinds of information, giving us a glimpse into royal Egyptian life. You will learn about Hatshepsut's life as a princess including vivid descriptions of her environment, what she wore, toys she may have played with, people she interacted with, her education, feasts and festivals. Moving on to the queen and mother stage of her life, we learn about her husband and child, Egyptian society in general, and life and death in the court. Lastly, we watch Queen Hatshepsut become the Pharoah of Egypt around 1501 B.C. Each page is peppered with pictures of artifacts, archeological sites, translated inscriptions, and interesting tidbits. The glossary in the back of the book is sure to clear up any confusion as far as terms the reader may not be familiar with.
  • Item #: 027188
    ISBN: 9780618154616
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    Love him or hate him, Napoleon Bonaparte was a fascinating human being with a large impact on world history. He was born on the island of Corsica, then Italian, and you read some about his early family life and education. Mostly though, you learn about who influenced him, what was happening in the France and the world, his rise to power, Josephine, and the rest – as they say – is history. He was a man with a legendary personality who had an enormous effect on his time; from the map of Europe to the metric system. This is a dense read with lots of information. It will appeal to the serious historian. Students interested in wars, history, Europe, politics, Francophiles, military history, and even public relations will really appreciate the depth in this book. Some would say Napoleon’s pride was his downfall. After reading this book, you will have all of the information you need to make up your own mind on that., 478 pp, pb. ~ Sara

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       Have you ever wondered what it would really be like to be a leader in World War II?  Wondered if you would have been able to make the difficult decisions that those officers had to face?  Designed to help older kids learn the answers to just those questions, this kit will also teach them a whole lot about several key military operations of WWII.  The focus of the kit is a 108-page “choose your own path” graphic novel Mission in which kids take on the role of Turner Turnbull (a lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne) and several other leaders on D-Day.  The decisions included are those that military personnel had to make and involve tactical, moral, and personal decisions that influenced the people around them (and even the outcome of the war!).  Correct decisions are based off the military standards of INVICTA—Integrity, Nobility, Valor, Initiative, Curiosity, Tenacity, and Accountability.

        This is no simple path-based adventure though—aiding kids in this leadership challenge are several additional features which will help them make informed command decisions and (hopefully!) achieve a decisive, satisfying victory for the Allies. The first periphery is a map illustrating the sea-borne invasion of Normandy, giving kids a solid look at how individual operations during D-Day connected with the initial attack. The second item (and the crux of the kit itself) is a special operations packet with fully-illustrated notes. It includes detailed maps, diagrams, photographs, and key information on the 82nd’s objectives, equipment, dangers, and how the Germans fought.

        The format is designed not only to teach and demonstrate the exemplary values of leadership, but also to get kids interested in reading by providing a compelling, real-life narrative to follow.  The incredible amount of historical detail and the provision of information on key D-Day events is designed to bring kids into not only a story—but history itself.  Two additional (but not necessary) resources found outside of the kit are a free turn-based strategy video game and an educational video series that contextualizes the events covered.  For your young leaders and readers at home, this is an excellent take on the classic “choose your own path” adventure books with a far more compelling, authentic feel.

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    ISBN: 9780823411733
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  • Item #: 012236
    ISBN: 9780060521134
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    By the same author as Leonardo Da Vinci (#12235), this book follows the same basic format, with lots of illustrations and a complete and captivating text. It starts right at the beginning, when Michelangelo was first born to his not-so-rich parents. Not many years later, he was sent to live with some stonecutters where he got his start into chiseling and stonework. Readers follow his life as he fights his father for the chance to apprentice with an artist, carves his first sculpture, and paints the Sistine chapel. Learn about the many successes and difficulties he endured throughout his 89 years. - Melissa

  • Item #: 001845
    ISBN: 9780590426602
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    George Washington Carver was born a slave, but he grew up to become a world-famous scientist. This biography tells the story of his life and how he discovered how to make soil better by growing peanuts and sweet potatoes to put nutrients back into the soil so it could produce more cotton. He then found dozens and dozens of ways to use the peanuts and sweet potatoes. Dr. Carver and his work became well-known and respected. He became a popular teacher of agriculture and was even honored by the President of the United States. 96 pgs.

  • Item #: 000672
    ISBN: 9780876145050
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    Born a slave, Sojourner Truth suffered the fate which befell so many enslaved families - her family was separated and sold off and promises of freedom made to her were rescinded. She decided to claim her own freedom, but the journey from that point to get back her family and free other slaves, too, was long and difficult. 64 pgs. ~ Zach

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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 040707
    ISBN: 9781933339092
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    Volume Two picks up where Story of the World Volume One left off, and it tells the fascinating story of the “Dark Ages,” from the fall of Rome through the Renaissance. This volume has been written very similarly to the other also, with a very readable text, appropriate for young children, told in a clear and engaging style. Each of the many chapters is relatively short, and broken up into smaller chunks that are the perfect length for curling up together and reading aloud. Also like the preceding book, this story of history doesn’t limit itself to a dry, white-bread-without-the-crusts retelling of a primarily European history, instead it is a rich, whole wheat blend of European, Indian, Chinese, Australian, Arabic, Japanese, Jewish, Mongolian, Turkish, African, Russian, and American history during the period, providing the young student with a much more complete view of what was going on all around the world during that intriguing time period. To cover every event in each of these diverse histories would take a whole library, however, and just as Susan Wise Bauer tells us in her first volume, use this volume as a springboard to more detailed readings about any events that you and the children find interesting and want to learn more about. A timeline and an index are included at the back.

    Like its predecessor, the Activity Book corresponds chapter-by-chapter with the text from the Story of the World readings, and the sections and activities are well-organized and easy to implement. Each chapter begins with review questions for the book. Narration exercises are also included, so that the child may write or dictate to you a summary of what they learned. A list of books for additional reading follows, each with a concise summary and an approximate reading level to help you find those most appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. Corresponding literature, consisting of more "story-like" volumes such as cultural tales and myths are also featured to liven up your history reading, lending a little more interest to those lovers of fiction. An excellent range of activities follow the reading lists, including map work, a coloring page, and projects, which include art, crafts, games, and other more "involved" activities. An abundance of opportunities for "beyond-the-book" learning about here, but as the author mentioned in the activity book for Vol. 1, you should not feel pressured to read every book and complete every activity - history studied in this manner should be a fun and enjoyable journey for all involved, not an endless checklist of items you "have to" complete to pass a test. These courses lend themselves very well to family study, and a lot of the activities would be much more enjoyable with at least a couple siblings or friends. Fortunately, Susan Wise Bauer has anticipated this, and has denoted chosen activities with a "C" to highlight its use as a good co-op or classroom activity. All in all, this looks like an very well-rounded, extremely enjoyable, and solidly chronological approach to history

    The text is available spiral-bound in the first edition or in paperback or hardcover in the revised version. the Activity Book is a bound paperback and is the revised version.