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  • Item #: 003121
    ISBN: 9780794517106
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    This Usborne book is filled with details about various inventions throughout the ages, from ancient times to those still in development. Inventions in transportation, food, communication, clothing, medicine, and much more are included. For each invention, the book provides a short history of why and how the item was invented, people who contributed, and ways the invention has changed since it was first developed. Cartoony illustrations are scattered throughout the pages, adding lots of interest and providing captions with descriptions showing how the inventions work. Additional text boxes add even more interesting information. Like all Usborne books, this one provides tons of fascinating tidbits of facts that are sure to entertain while educating. Students will enjoy learning about the invention and development of things like the bicycle, chocolate, dishwashers, computers, jeans, x-rays, books, and so much more. Includes a timeline, glossary, and index. By Anna Claybourne & Adam Larkum, 96 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 012211
    ISBN: 9780746007051
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    The sections of this book tell the stories of the inventors and inventions in particular fields, such as printing, photography and film, inventions in the home, medical inventions and

  • Item #: 002152
    ISBN: 9780794521387
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    This Bible story collection follows an extremely traditional and beautiful design externally: a distinctive, oversized, cloth-covered hardbound text with copper illumination. Well written key stories are relayed: 34 from the Old Testament and 34 from the New. I appreciate the depth of story communicated and the conversational, yet engaging tone. With Usborne, one might expect busy, brightly colored illustrations within the text. These, however, are muted water color and colored pencil and enhance the story rather than emphasize themselves. The gentle-colored, textured-looking pages also accentuate the story. Although aimed as a read-aloud for younger children, your upper elementary child will also enjoy reading these. A two-page illustrated map follows each Testament and 9 pages of alphabetized Who’s Who help identify main characters. A beautiful and meaningful keepsake! 191 pp, 8.5” x 11” hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 008682
    ISBN: 9781932971200
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  • Item #: 027893
    ISBN: 9780794528492
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     Count of Monte Cristo, Prisoner of Zenda, Don Quixote, Three Musketeers, 39 Steps and biographical sketches of each author. 336 pgs.

  • Item #: 064210
    ISBN: 9780794535018
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       Words, ideas and story prompts - oh my! If you have a penchant toward adventure and the desire to jot it down (but need some spark to generate ideas), this writing journal is for you! Full-color illustrations enliven the color, lined pages. Each page offers plenty of creative help to guide you in writing exciting stories of various kinds. 8” x 9.5” spiral bound, HC, 95 pp.

  • Item #: 056134
    ISBN: 9780794530198
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    This inventive, colorful book is divided in two sections: story writing and instruction on writing fiction (cleverly called the Story Writing Toolkit). The writer is guided to write 20 different stories on the well-designed pages. Story-specific directions, tips, and such things as interesting vocabulary are cleverly included in the margins. Story types vary, too; write a comic strip, a story about time travel or a tale about animal adventures - or finish one the book has started for you. The Tool Kit (15 pages at the back) includes tips and instructions on plot and character development, as well as creating engaging titles, settings and descriptions. The book could serve as a portfolio of your child’s creative writing, maybe even a great keepsake. A great way to get your student’s creative juices flowing. Spiral bound, but exterior binding covers this for added durability. 8” x 9.75”, 95 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 020628
    ISBN: 9781932971262
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  • Item #: 024585
    ISBN: 9780871401755
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    Hendrik William Van Loon takes us through the entire history of mankind in this classic, winner of the first John Newberry Medal. Updated by John Merriman to include the important events of the last two decades, our story is written as one long, engaging adventure. From the very origins of man through the holy city of Babylon, to Carthage, the First Crusade, to the explorations of Columbus and Magellan, the American Revolution, to the time of Napoleon and up to the democracy movement in China and recent events; mankind's wars, religions, inventions, ideas, and entire work is captured in warm, enlightening text and simple illustrations. This book offers an easily read and enjoyed picture of history, and is one I shall return to when the catalog is at the printer. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 028455
    ISBN: 9780794536480
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    When disaster strikes, there are those who are overcome, and those who survive. Some of the disasters in this book are things you would hope never even make it into your nightmares, let alone real life. Happen they did though - from shark attacks to explosions onboard a spaceship, a helicopter crash inside an active volcano and a submarine that suddenly sinks without warning. These and six more stories of survival in the face of incredible catastrophe will enthrall and amaze you. An easy book to read, with diagrams of some of the disasters and rescue attempts, this is a 141-page, paperback book that you just won't want to put down. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 027850
    ISBN: 9780794521301
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      Here at Rainbow Resource, we carry a good variety of resources for Greek mythology, and now we found another good one. The Usborne Book of Greek Myths is a very thorough, comprehensive coverage on the topic. The book is divided into two parts. The first and bigger part is the actual myths. The second part is a guide to the myths – who’s who, where did it happen (with maps), and a glossary. The font is large, and the artwork is a wonderful enhancement to the stories – full color illustrations highlighting details of the stories.  This Usborne book can be a tremendous help with your study of Greek myths and the lessons to be learned from them. 301 pages, paper board cover. ~ Donna 

  • Item #: 027912
    ISBN: 9780794529970
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     Exciting stories, loved for generations, written for young readers surrounded by glorious, full-color, detailed illustrations and packaged in a small-hand-sized (6” x 8”) padded hardback. An excellent introduction to the Bard’s stories featuring well-written text and comfortable spacing on quality paper. Includes Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Life and Times of William Shakespeare (an illustrated biography, list of plays and Quicklinks website suggestions). 415 pgs, hb ~ Janice

  • 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 #: 064206
    ISBN: 9780794535124
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       Play some warm-up games to get creative-writing juices flowing. Spend time perfecting story planning - beginnings, middles and ends! Your budding writer can do both of those things as well as focus on developing characters, descriptions and actions amidst the full-color designs on these lively colored pages. 8” x 9.5”, spiral bound, HC, 64 pp.

  • Item #: 013953
    ISBN: 9780794527532
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    Have you ever heard of Zoroastrianism? It is fascinating how many different religious beliefs, (such as Zoroastrianism), reflect Biblical truths. This book is FULL of color and very well laid out, showing beautiful pictures of members of the various religions and religious artifacts. Maps here and there identify in what part of the world the religion is practiced. As it shares about a particular religion, this book often relates a story, parable or saying from that religion. For example, when explaining some of the beliefs of the Pacific Islanders, a Maori saying is quoted: "Feed a man with fish, he will live from day to day. Teach him how to fish, he will live forever." As well as doing a detailed analysis of the main religions and touching on many minor ones throughout the world, this book tries to answer the question "What is religion?" at the beginning and also makes commentaries about religion in society at the end. While stating that they are not trying to promote any particular belief or viewpoint, there is a natural tendency, and I would suggest that theirs is not Christian. This comes through, for example, in the use of BCE and CE in preference to BC and AD and independent references to things over 6,000 years old. A treatment like this of world religions by a non-Christian does smack a wee bit of the scenario between Satan and Eve in the Garden of Eden, "Here are your options: now choose one." While the book does often hit the nail on the head with its descriptions of the different religions, it sometimes misses the boat in its broad sweeping definitions (for example saying that some religions wear headcoverings as a sign of modesty and equality and not mentioning submission). Needless to say you and your students will need to use discernment and turn to Scripture as to whether something is true or not. Some very nice features of this book are the time line and index, and every page directs you to a website to surf for further information. 127 pgs, pb. - Genevieve

  • Item #: 021314
    ISBN: 9780823410828
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    When I look up and see a jet streaking across the sky, I'm amazed that such a big hunk of metal can actually get up in the air and fly. Men have been fascinated with the art of flight for millennia, trying to copy the birds of the air and what their Creator has made the winged creatures do so naturally. Early man-made attempts at flight were dismal failures—until the Wright brothers came along. Flight captured the imaginations of Wilber and Orville Wright from the time they were young. Their curiosity was aroused by the experiments of Otto Lilienthal, and these close brothers began a journey of learning and research. They began experimenting with gliders and failed miserably. So they experimented some more. They were eventually successful, but it was a long, hard road to get there. This is their story, wonderfully told by Russell Freedman and illustrated with contemporary photography (including many photos shot by the Wright brothers themselves). This large paperback would make a great addition to a unit study on flight or inventions, but children will enjoy reading this story just for fun, too. Don't be surprised if they become inspired to pursue and develop big ideas of their own! 129 pgs, pb. –Chad
  • Item #: 000300
    ISBN: 9781932971217
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  • Item #: 043855
    ISBN: 9780794532376
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       Exciting stories, loved for generations, written for young readers surrounded by glorious, full-color, detailed illustrations and packaged in a small-hand-sized (6” x 8”) padded hardback. An excellent introduction to the classic myths featuring well-written text and comfortable spacing on quality paper. Includes Wooden Horse, Minotaur, Bellerophon and Pegasus, Twelve Tasks of Heracles, Perseus and the Gorgon, and the Odyssey. Includes a guide to the gods, Roman names for the Greek gods, a map of ancient Greece, and Quicklinks which include an online pronunciation guide to the Greek names as well as other informational websites. 350 pgs. hb  ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000980
    ISBN: 9780794535285
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    This book is obviously an Usborne book; it's overloaded with interesting information and tons of color pictures. But it also has something else: internet links. A great deal of science is packed in the book, with even more available online at the many quality websites chosen by Usborne. More than 1,000 internet links and 180 QR links are included. Perform more than 120 experiments and activities, and see video clips, diagrams, pictures, and other helpful online highlights. Sites allow you to see video clips of animals, hear animal sounds, build your own roller coaster, dissect a virtual frog, relive the story of landing on the moon complete with sounds, images, and slideshows, and so much more. All of science is covered in this book: physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, earth sciences, astronomy, anatomy, zoology, and Earth conservation. A wonderful resource even for those without online access. This book is available in two sizes (with identical content). There is a small format version(pb). This large-format hardcover version measures 8 3/4" W x 11" H. 448 pgs. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 007820
    ISBN: 9780395968888
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    The amazing story of Louis Braille and his untiring determination to enable the blind to read and write. Blinded in a freak accident, Louis had an intelligent and curious mind. Though his memory was tremendous and learning came easily to him, he was frustrated by not being able to read or write. At ten, he was enrolled at the Royal Institute of the Blind. He did well there, but was still discouraged by the cumbersome system of reading via embossed letters. This story tells how it came to pass that Louis, by the tender age of fifteen (!), had invented the first workable form of Braille. Though his system would not be perfected until five years later, this young man's invention would effectively open up the world for the blind. A very readable biography.

  • Item #: 032373
    ISBN: 9780794507213
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  • Item #: 018008
    ISBN: 9780794523558
    Retail: $19.99
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    This book is obviously an Usborne book; it's overloaded with interesting information and tons of color pictures. But it also has something else: internet links. A great deal of science is packed in the book, with even more available online at the many quality websites chosen by Usborne. More than 1,000 internet links and 180 QR links are included. Perform more than 120 experiments and activities, and see video clips, diagrams, pictures, and other helpful online highlights. Sites allow you to see video clips of animals, hear animal sounds, build your own roller coaster, dissect a virtual frog, relive the story of landing on the moon complete with sounds, images, and slideshows, and so much more. All of science is covered in this book: physics, chemistry, biology, information technology, earth sciences, astronomy, anatomy, zoology, and Earth conservation. A wonderful resource even for those without online access. This book is available in two sizes (with identical content).The small-format paperback version measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". The large-format hardcover version measures 8 3/4" W x 11" H. 448 pgs. ~ Stephanie

  • Item #: 064204
    ISBN: 9780794537128
    Retail: $15.99
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      This is the cutest little fingerprint-art book for your littles! It includes 50 activity pages in a book that lies flat. Attached to the back cover is a large ink pad (2” x 8”) with 7 vibrant colors. The instructions are easy to follow; you see the beginning of a picture on each page and add to it by dabbing a finger to the ink pad and stamping the page with your inky finger. You might be adding eggs to a nest, making butterflies in the sky, or putting passengers into cars! Once the ink is dry (and your fingers have been washed) you draw over your fingerprints with a black pen to add some detail like arms and eyes. These little creatures are so simple and so cute, you will want to create even more on blank paper! Once your book is complete, you can make up stories about your creations! Each activity page is about 6” x 8” and many cover a 2-page spread.

     

  • Item #: 011249
    ISBN: 9780794534660
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    Share the Greek Myths with your children. This hardcover book contains over 15 stories, including the Adventures of Odysseus, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Many Tasks of Heracles, and Theseus and the Minotaur. The pages are all colored, with bright borders, and many of the pages are further illustrated with pictures from the myth. All in all, this beautiful book will draw young children - and older kids - into the Greek Myths. 128 pages. - Melissa
  • Item #: 039217
    ISBN: 9781935570233
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    His inventions changed the future of the young American nation, but where was his reward? Join Eli Whitney and find out what it takes to travel the long road to recognition – and why it's worth it in the end. Although originally written in 1953, the ink illustrations and writing style of this book are reminiscent of Eli Whitney's 18th century. History buffs will enjoy the references to famous figures and events, while those who aren't as well-versed will still be able to follow along as characters explain definitions and concepts that readers may not know. 192 pages, soft cover. – Rachel
  • Item #: 031209
    ISBN: 9780972860338
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    Enthusiastic users of Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World will be excited to rediscover the modern era, “From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR.” Formatted similarly to the previous volumes in the series, the Modern Age text contains 42 chapters highlighting some of the major people, places and events in world history, from 1850 to 2000. Some highlights include: the Crimean war, the American Civil War, the Second Reich, the Japan’s Meiji restoration, the Suez canal, the Boers, Western expansion in the U.S., the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Mexican Revolution, the rise of Joseph Stalin, Hitler’s rise to power, the Holocaust, the Atom bomb, the partitioning of Palestine, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Chernobyl, the end of Communism, and much more. As usual, students will get a “balanced” view of world history, with events from nearly every country in the world - not just Europe and the U.S. Each “story” from history is told in an exciting, readable way, which is sure to hold students’ attention - especially as they cover history in the not-too-distant past! The activity book is once again substantial and invaluable, containing both teacher and student portions. The parent’s pages feature review questions with answers, guidelines for an outlining exercise for the student, suggested further reading and literature tie-ins, map activities, and hands-on projects related to the topics covered in the text. As usual, the projects are very creative and I can definitely see kids getting excited about doing them - one of the activities for Chapter One definitely caught my eye! In this activity, kids will get to time themselves and compare “loading” two different “rifles” with cardboard tubes, homemade “cartridges,” and a few other kitchen materials! The parent’s portion for each chapter also features cross-references on the same topic to other resources, including the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, the Usborne Book of World History, the Usborne History of the 20th Century, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia. The student’s portion of the activity guide includes partial outlines for each chapter for them to finish, outline maps for map activities, worksheet activities, and timeline figures including world flags from each country’s independence or establishment. The tests and answers for this volume are bound into a paperback, 3-hole punched volume, and include tests and answers for each chapter. Once again, Susan Wise Bauer has put together a very exciting and multi-faceted history study that everyone will love!

    The text is now available in either paperback, hardcover, or spiral binding, for your convenience. The Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 064202
    ISBN: 9780794536497
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  • Item #: 032593
    ISBN: 9781683441182
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  • Item #: 064201
    ISBN: 9780794536510
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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