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  • Item #: 043292
    ISBN: 9781599150093
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    This unabridged reproduction of the 1905 edition provides children with an extensive, yet engaging history of England from Roman times through the reign of Queen Victoria. There are over a hundred chapters, although each one is only several pages long. Chapters usually focus on a monarch or a specific event (usually a battle) under the reign of the monarch. Although this 654-pg to me looks intimidating at first glance, the writing is lively and descriptive with lots of dialogue. Lifelike black-and-white full-page illustrations are scattered throughout the book. By H.E. Marshall, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 033370
    ISBN: 9781599152868
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  • Item #: 003129
    ISBN: 9781570576034
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    A fun introduction to anatomy for the young. There are five different games and two different levels of play (two different card sets) - or just use the vinyl peel-and-stick plastic body parts and Some Body boards as puzzles to familiarize children with the locations of body parts. Up to four may play. A favorite game of Mark, our science editor!

  • Item #: 001596
    ISBN: 9780763667016
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    There are so many good tips and ideas for budding animators to try in this boxed set; they will be busy for hours and hours! The box itself is a two-sided set for your animation videos: one is the outside of a gloomy castle and the other is a dungeon. Sturdy cardboard flaps drop down and open to the side to expand the set, and includes a window and a door that opens. These can make for some fun lighting effects! There are also goodies in the box like a detailed handbook with step by step instructions to create several types of animation and lots of fun cardstock props. Also included are devices and props:5 speech bubbles, a zoetrope disk/drum/strip and a thaumatrope (illusion devices), lunar and tropical island props (2 sided) with a 2-sided background, press-on features for your characters, a 2-D monster puppet, a workbench prop, and 2 storyboard starters. The real meat of this set is the 32 pg. book with all of its ideas and color illustrations. Learn about creating a character, telling a story, traditional/cutout/2D/board/clay animation, complex model making, sets, props, lights, object animation, pixilation and editing. A camera or cell phone is necessary but not included. ~ Sara


  • Item #: 068078
    ISBN: 9780761152507
    Retail: $16.99
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     Spend the holiday season learning the Christmas story! Each night starting December 1st, remove an ornament from the calendar. The ornament is actually a tiny board book that tells a small portion of the Christmas story, such as Mary, the journey, the stable, the angel Gabriel, Bethlehem, the manger, etc. This reminds me of one of my childhood traditions with a similar set – every evening, we would read the text on the ornament, and our parents would sometimes supplement it with scripture. This set makes it easy to create a cherished tradition with your family that preserves the Christmas story.  – Laura

  • Item #: 016082
    ISBN: 9780825441738
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    From Arnold Ytreeide, author of Jotham's Journey, comes Bartholomew's Passage, another family advent story. The story follows Bartholomew, a young boy whose village is ransacked by Roman soldiers, as he travels through Israel searching for his family—through slavery, suffering, and adventurous escape. He finds his family one fateful night and introduces them to the Son of God born in the manger in Bethlehem. The book is divided into sections to be read one each day of the four weeks of the Advent season, with extra material and scripture for discussion at the end of each section. The story, meant to be read over the entire Advent season, is long with small two-color illustrations at the beginning of each section. It is not a picture book, but when used as a companion to Advent traditions, read aloud to the family by the light of the Advent candles, Bartholomew's Passage will be a meaningful reminder of God's great love and great gift to us in Jesus. A brief history of Advent customs and a chart of Advent dates until 2080 make this book easy to implement even for those unfamiliar with Advent traditions. Bartholomew's Passage includes violence and tragedy that may need to be summarized or skipped over for the youngest children, but it is the author's intent (as he states in his note to parents) that "the point is not to cover up the dark side of life but rather to show how the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ is the light of our lives." ~ Rachel D.

  • Item #: 002274
    ISBN: 9780671631987
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    Four years after using this book to learn to read at age 4, our twins would still take this book off the shelf and re-read the silly stories that made learning to read immediately rewarding. It is a phonics-based, non-consumable book authored by Siegfried Engelmann using the DISTAR method. Faced with two small children eager to read like their older sisters, but who were not ready for the more intensive writing and spelling accompanying most other reading programs, I was at a loss. All they needed at this tender age were enough decoding skills to enable them to read. We had already covered letter sounds (via song), so the twins literally zipped through the early lessons and quickly digested blends, vowel sounds, and digraphs, thoroughly enjoying every lesson. In fact, they begged for "extra" lessons, anxious to get to the next story! Large, bold type assures learning without eye strain. This volume filled a need in our own family and, judging from the numerous requests/recommendations by our customers, has done so for others as well.

  • Item #: 011815
    ISBN: 9780971202214
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    Write on a Prophet's Scroll, assemble a puzzle of Jesus' birth, reveal the gifts brought by the wise men, see the widow's mites, find the lost sheep, and roll away the stone from Jesus' tomb. Hear and interact with the stories of Jesus from birth to resurrection with this quality, quiet-play book for little ones. Like the original Busy Bible, this one can also be stored in its clear carrying case.

  • Item #: 066198
    ISBN: 9780945084327
    Retail: $5.00
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    If you would like a story that gently reminds us that honesty is the best policy' you will enjoy this book. First copyrighted in 1954, this reprint tells of a young man named Shan, who thought a penny wasn't a big deal. Bringing used sacks back to the local store would bring a penny a bag a lot of money for that time. Shan knew that one of the sacks had a hole in it, but he wanted ten cents for ten sacks, so he could get a chocolate bar and lemon soda. There are consequences to our actions even cheating someone out of a penny, and Shan finds this out. A Penny's Worth of Character is a quick and easy read, but teaches a lesson we should learn for a lifetime. 60 pgs, pb. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 049578
    ISBN: 9781481403948
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    Some of the best stories are the ones that come from real people in history. One such story starts with a boy who was raised a Quaker in the Pennsylvania region before the founding of the United States. Benjamin West enjoyed painting so much he did what most would never think of doing: He made paint from clay, plants, and dirt, and fashioned paintbrushes from the tail of his cat, Grimalkin! Follow the great American writer Marguerite Henry as she traces the early years of this young man and his cat in this exciting tale. 147 pgs, pb. John

  • Item #: 024241
    ISBN: 9780486428406
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    Children love to learn by reading or listening to stories. This is a fictional account of Peter Rabbit and the birds in Old Orchard. While it is an enjoyable tale, accurate accounts of the different birds (Jenny Wren, the Blackbird family, Carol the Meadowlark, and Spooky the Screech Owl, to name a few) are given pertaining to coloring, habitats, and habits. Black and white illustrations of many of the different birds are included throughout the story. Children will develop not only knowledge and a love of birds, but also a love for nature, including the importance of conservation and preservation of our precious resources. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 007503
    ISBN: 9781942968665
    Retail: $14.95
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    These are inspiring, true stories of swashbuckling heroes and gentle scholars who risked everything to change our view of the world through science. Stories include: Archimedes and the Golden Crown, Ptolemy vs. Copernicus, Tycho Brahe Scans the Skies, Kepler and Galileo, The Trial of Galileo and Isaac Newton.

  • Item #: 043295
    ISBN: 9781599150109
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    A reprint of the original 1917 edition by H.E. Marshall, this hefty book offers 99 exciting stories from American history, starting with the expeditions of the Vikings and Columbus, and ending with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The stories are grouped into seven parts; "Stories of Explorers and Pioneers," "Stories of Virginia," "Stories of New England," "Stories of the Middle and Southern Colonies," "Stories of the French in America," "Stories of the Struggle for Liberty" and "Stories of the United States Under the Constitution." The book is unique in that the first 400 pages or so focus on exploration and the Colonial period, while only the last 200 pages cover the history of the U.S. as its own country. Although there is a lot of content here, the chapters are only several pages in length which make for great supplementary reading or read-alouds. Occasional black-and-white full-page illustrations are included in some chapters. 616 pgs, pb. – Jess

  • Item #: 028430
    ISBN: 9780736939386
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    Everyone needs to be well-versed in the Word of God! This book pulls Bible verses together for 34 specific themes, like Creation, the Ten Commandments, discipline, and guarding your mind. Each theme is divided into several sections that help explain the topic and verses being discussed. These sections begin with the verses themselves and an introduction. Then they go into devotionals, with the following topics for each verse: "What I Think," "What God Wants Me to Know," "Look at It This Way," and a prayer. For instance, on the theme of anger, the book looks at Proverbs 22:24-25, 29:22; Ephesians 4:26-27; and James 1:19-20. The introduction speaks of how anger is a normal human emotion, but explains that it can lead to sin. Some common thoughts about anger are shared. Aspects of anger are discussed, including what it does in our lives and how it can be controlled. A story illustrates the danger of directing fleshly anger at other people. Finishing out the study is a prayer for God to help learning how to control anger and to show kindness to others. Written by Rebecca Lutzer (wife of Moody Church pastor Erwin Lutzer), this book can be a welcome addition to your family's devotional repertoire. 111 pgs, pb.
  • Item #: 020722
    ISBN: 9781887456005
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    I love reading about the guiding hand of God in our nation's history. I find the story fascinating and the men of faith and conviction inspiring. This book is written in the same vein. Based on the assumption that all of history is providential, we learn how God's presence was evident at our nation's founding in the hearts and minds of the men who fought for independence and framed the Constitution. The book opens with an overview of geography and ancient history before moving to American history. A portion of the book is devoted to the history of education in our country. Later chapters focus on our decline as a nation, and a reconstructionist view is presented for bringing our nation back to what the authors believe God wants it to be. This book is used as a teacher resource for the Beautiful Feet American history studies. Lots of pictures and illustrations. 300 pgs.

    If you want to dig a little deeper into source documents referred to in America's Providential History, get the accompanying Documentary Sourcebook. Inspiring in its own right, this book includes speeches and documents that portray the Christian influence in the founding and history of our nation. A sampling of the offerings in this book includes excerpts from Columbus' Journal of His First Voyage, Fast and Thanksgiving Days of New England, Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution, Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, Washington's Farewell Address, excerpts from Democracy in America, the 1853 report from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the importance of congressional chaplains. 136 pg, pb.

    For ease of tying these two books together, consider the Teacher's Guide, which includes: APH chapter outlines; study questions for each of the 18 chapters, with answers; three exams, with answers; and a list of books for further study. 102 pgs, pb. ~ Bob

  • Item #: 019474
    ISBN: 9781893103412
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    Perhaps this text was part of my elementary education. The timing fits – and it would explain why the events lovingly memorialized in this publication are still firmly planted in my memory. First published in 1955 and now republished by Beautiful Feet, utilizing the historical accuracy and storytelling ability of Earl Schenck Miers and the amazing illustrations of James Daugherty (full-color, inked drawings), this book takes the reader through tales of adventure, heroism, and patriotism. From Leif's Viking boat explorations of the northeastern coastline to the atom bomb's close to the second World War, you will read about everything in between – explorers, founders, soldiers, adventurers, settlers, inventors, statesmen, educators, and many more – in the fifty stories that make up this 315 pg, paperback book. A worthy addition to your home library or ideal for any literature-based history course or unit study, the author himself sums up its scope: "…everywhere signs of the greatness of God. It is indeed the one truth in which we all believe. It is indeed our richest heritage." ~ Janice

  • Item #: 016519
    ISBN: 9780761143833
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    At the Rainbow Resource Center's nationally acclaimed (well, maybe that's a little bit of a stretch!) company Christmas party, the crew is divided into teams and pitted against each other in a (friendly?) rivalry based around several of our own products. One of the challenges in past years has been a paper airplane competition. Those of us who are lucky enough to have attended one of these celebrations realize that none of the Rainbow competitors have ever read this book. If they had, a score of a few yards would not have won the competition this year, and much embarrassment over other quirky flights would have been saved. This book shares the story of the man who made it into the 1985 Guinness Book of World Records for longest flight duration of a paper airplane. He then went on to break his own record in 1989 and then again in 1994. This man is serious about flying paper airplanes, and after telling his story the book explains the physics and aerodynamics behind paper planes. It also shows how different models fly differently and the best throwing techniques and places to fly. There is then a section on competitive flying, which explains how to organize a contest including location, event categories, construction of event planes, and rules for throwing. The rest of the book provides instructions and actual paper to make planes out of. The glossy papers include dotted lines to indicate fold lines and colorful decals and sporty designs. Enough pages are included to make several models of each of the sixteen different plane designs. Instructions are included for every plane, so users can fold each airplane to reach its maximum flying potential. The instructions are numbered with black and white drawings to illustrate the procedure and adjustments you can make if your plane flies differently than you would like. The different plane designs featured in this book include the basic square plane, the basic dart, the stunt plane, the interceptor, the hornet, the vortex, and the world record plane which has held the world record since 1983. A flight log is also included in the book, which provides space for recording throwing dates, airplane type, location, time aloft, distance, and other remarks. For those more serious about paper airplanes than our own staff. ~ Rachel S.

  • Item #: 006757
    ISBN: 9780880621397
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    Another fascinating Bible history book by Ruth Beechick, author of Adam and His Kin. The product of much research and knowledge of ancient history and the Bible, it is suitable for teens or adults as a short course in ancient history. But, more than that, it is the story of truth - and how that truth has come to be perverted through history. It is the story of righteous and wicked men and kings. It is the story of civilizations - how and where they sprung up and flourished. It's the story of our roots. The historical and literary evidences of Biblical truth, the tracing of the recorded truth that eventually became our Bible, and the chronology of our "family tree" are masterfully woven together in this extremely readable text. Throughout Ruth's narrative, we can see the origins of false religions and flawed world views. Taking us through Genesis 1-11, it contains six units, corresponding to the "books" written by the earliest recorders of history. Using the King James translation, each unit begins with the actual Scripture to read. A Scripture study includes activities to help students understand the reading - activities such as drawing maps, listing genealogies, memorizing key verses, noting specific words used, comparing the reading to other Scriptures, etc. Topic studies address particular references in the Scripture reading and expand on them, using historic, literary, and linguistic sources. Ruth's many insights and expert compilation of information make these studies engrossing. Each topic is followed by questions that can be answered orally or in writing. Further study has the student do a little research and reporting of his own. In these sections, source books and other readings are recommended. There are also suggestions for several correlating writing projects. If using the study with several students, you may want to assign each a different one. Other types of activities are also included, varying by unit. The book is recommended for use independently for junior high and up, or for a family study with children of all ages. I know my eight-year-old would enjoy this study as much (or more) as my older children. I would be surprised if parents purchasing this book as an independent course for their older children didn't end up reading it from cover to cover themselves.

  • Item #: 059790
    ISBN: 9781400320332
    Retail: $17.99
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    This child’s Bible storybook is written by Sarah Young, the author of the Jesus Calling books. Fans of that series will recognize the “Jesus Calling” portion included with every other Bible story—yet these are written on a child’s level. These sections are written as though God is speaking to the reader. The entire storybook’s focus is to show that Jesus is central to the Bible and also should be central to our lives. Stories are based on the NIV Bible and illustrated with gorgeous, vibrant, stylized drawings. 46 Old Testament stories and 49 New Testament stories follow Biblical order (book and verse references provided). Includes a presentation page, attached bookmark ribbon and embossed cover. 7” x 8 ¼”, 256 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 058464
    ISBN: 9781497422469
    Retail: $18.00
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    Maybe the term "relationship homeschooling" is new to you or maybe you have heard it tossed about on the internet, but just don't have a good sense of what it means and how it may affect your homeschooling or parenting journey. Before you read any further, I must share honestly, that this review may be biased. I say this from the heart as a veteran homeschool mom, whose homeschool journey was radically changed by the precepts within these pages. I stumbled upon a series of homeschool encouragement seminars in our area presented by the author, and my heart was greatly encouraged. But more than that, I went home a changed Momma. No longer focused on the externals, I began to look at the heart of my children.

    Now that is out in the open, let me step back and try to share why I feel this book should be in the hands of every homeschool mom. Is it because of the earth-shattering message or great writing style? No. Is it because of the cautions she presents about being Berean's in today's homeschooling and Evangelical Christian culture? No. While these are all valuable to the reader, the significance of this book is found in the essence of "One Anothering." What is "one anothering," you ask? One Anothering is the profoundly simple concept that as parents, we view our children as brothers and sisters in the Lord and treat them with the respect and dignity set forth in the New Testament "One Another" verses: love one another, forgive one another, encourage one another and so forth. In this book Karen weaves together scripture and stories of her personal journey in parenting and homeschooling along with questions for introspection and discussion, all designed to leave you flooded with a sense of relief that you can succeed at homeschooling with the joy God intends for us. Excellent for individual or a small group study. Scripture from various versions. 288 pgs, sc. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 057920
    ISBN: 9780142004418
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    Written by Gerald Durrell, this book is the first in a trilogy and tells the story of a family who escapes the dreary English climate and moves to Corfu, a Greek island. The youngest of the four children, Gary, begins to adopt many animals of all varieties including puppies, snakes, and birds. Life with these animals is documented in this enjoyable tale. 273 pgs, sc. – Laura

  • Item #: 057186
    ISBN: 9781933410197
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    When my children were younger, every December we put aside our books and did a month-long focused study on Christmas. One year we studied the Christmas story, another Christmas traditions around the world and yet another year, we focused on the history of Christmas Carols. What I love about this unit study is that it masterfully unites each of these into one inclusive study.

    Beginning with a detailed study of the birth of Jesus, it then surveys the history of our Christmas celebrations. Designed to take an hour or more, each of the fifteen lessons includes Bible study, history, geography, science, art, poetry, grammar and the stories of Christmas carols. Children will also write (or younger ones will dictate) five essays about Jesus and what following Him means in real life. Two booklets are completed during this study: "A Baby Book for Jesus" and "Christmas Traditions Around the World." Complete instructions and a craft supply list are included. While most supplies are things you will have at home, others are easily found at your local hobby stores. Author Charlene Notgrass also includes a list of read-aloud selections, but feel free to use your family favorites to make a more memorable Christmas experience. Books are consumable; each child will need his own copy. Lesson recommendations and answer key included. Spiral Bound. Scripture references NASB. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 055829
    ISBN: 9780310748847
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95
    Set includes the Jesus Storybook Bible featuring a ribbon marker, and the complete book on three audio CDs, read by David Suchet, packaged in a sturdy cardboard slipcase. The reading is phenomenal. David Suchet does a tremendous job bringing the characters and events to life and engaging everyone in the story. This is an audio that even Mom and Dad will enjoy hearing over and over again. Our kids have retained so much about the Bible because of this wonderful Bible and audio set. I highly, highly recommend this for your own children and as a gift to others. This is hands-down my favorite audio to play during car trips. ~ Steph
  • Item #: 041943
    ISBN: 9781683440581
    Retail: $69.98
    Rainbow Price: $49.95

  • Item #: 031683
    ISBN: 9780756697969
    Retail: $15.99
    Rainbow Price: $11.50

    Whether you are a math enthusiastic or math-phobic, this book is sure to engage your brain! Students will read about men and women with great math brains who changed our world, have the big ideas of math explained with clarity, and be given the opportunity to grow their math brain through the diverse activities found within the pages of the book. Each two-page layout is brightly colored and packed with informational tidbits, illustrations, and scattered activities covering topics such as number systems, sequences, calculation tips, 2-D and 3-D dimensions, shapes, magic squares, optical illusions, logic, infinity, and much more. An example from the Seeing Sequence page explains that "Math is the search for patterns - patterns of numbers, of shapes, of anything. Wherever there's any kind of pattern, there is usually something interesting going on, such as a meaning or a structure. A number sequence obeys a rule or pattern - the fun is in figuring out the pattern." Sample sequences are then given, and the activity provides step-by-step instructions for mathematical art, using sequences of squares to create a golden rectangle and spiral. Some additional math tools are required for the activities including a ruler, compass and tape measure. A glossary, index and answers are located in the back of the book. HC. 128 pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 031448
    ISBN: 9781932012972
    Retail: $17.00
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    Becoming a family that reads aloud together was one of the most enjoyable journeys my family made. I only wish this book had been available when we transitioned into a read aloud family!

    Are you looking to introduce the reading of "living literature" into your home but feel overwhelmed at the vast array of books available? While there are many books available to guide you in selecting books, Read for the Heart is written from the perspective of a home educated young lady who was home educated in a family which successfully incorporated living literature into their home. Sarah Clarkson, daughter of Clay and Sally Clarkson, shares the inspiration and vision for incorporating literature into our homes through research, personal stories and suggestions on how to make reading a reality in your home. Her goal is simply to equip you to develop a reading habit within your own home, and with this book she has accomplished this goal.

    The first three chapters focus on helping you develop the habit of reading in your home. The following chapter is intended to give you a "road map" on using this book most effectively. The remaining chapters contain the booklists and are organized according to types of books. Each chapter focuses on one of the following eight literature categories: Picture Books, Golden Age Classics, Children's Fiction, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, History and Biography, Spiritual Reading, Poetry and Music, and Art and Nature. Prior to the lists, Sarah shares personal stories as well as explanations on why certain books are included in each category. This is specifically beneficial when considering the Fairy Tales and Fantasy Category. Within each chapter, book recommendations are organized by author and include a brief book review. This book review includes author's name, original publication date, award(s), illustrator, general age category, a short review, and any cautions you, the parent, should know regarding mature or questionable content. Appendices at the end of this book provide you quick references for finding books. These lists include Caldecott Medalists, Newberry Medalists, G.A. Henty Historical Fiction, Landmark History Books, Trailblazer Series, and Sarah's personal favorite literature for family read-aloud. All in all, this soft-cover book contains 384 pages of living literature inspiration for your family. The text is a larger print with ample margin space to record your own family favorites, thoughts, and memories. A delightful book that is sure to inspire you on your own journey of family reading. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 029921
    ISBN: 9780307010858
    Retail: $4.99
    Rainbow Price: $3.95

    The best books written to entertain young children have to contain text that is somewhat interactive, an interesting storyline, and a problem situation that most children can identify. This book must have had all the ingredients, because it was one of our absolute favorites when we were very young. Throughout the book, Grover (of Sesame Street fame) continues to panic because the title suggests that there is going to be a monster waiting for him at the end of the book. He attempts various constructions to halt the "page-turning" that will inevitably bring the monster closer, and as the pages are turned, the book turns into a bigger and bigger mess. Of course, the end is a surprise for kids, and continues to delight them every time the story is read. If you don't have this Little Golden Book already, I highly recommend it - may yours become as dog-eared as ours! - Jess

  • Item #: 026965
    ISBN: 9781683440772
    Retail: $39.99
    Rainbow Price: $28.95

  • Item #: 017396
    ISBN: 9780871408655
    Retail: $18.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.95

    Hendrik Willem van Loon's masterpiece of world history for young adults, winner of the first Newberry award, has remained an enjoyable way to introduce world history. Even though the original author died in 1944 – before the end of World War II – a succession of authors has provided updated chapters to ensure the book stays current and a viable option. This latest updating includes chapters by Robert Sullivan that take the story from the end of the millennium (the extent of the previous update) through an evaluation of our current (copyright, 2014) forms of communication – Chapter 90, Friends – The Ways in Which We Changed How We Communicate with Each Other. Recognizing the appeal of the original, the previous updaters (Edward Prehn, Paul Sears and Edwin Broome in 1972; John Merriman in 1984 and 1999; with added illustrations by Adam Simon) and now the current updater have all maintained the same engaging conversational tone. An animated chronology (from 500,000 B.C. to A.D. 2000) and a complete index of people, places, and things mentioned in the book are provided in the back. 765 pgs. pb ~ Janice