Way back in April 2011, I posted about two history books, one of which I had heard about and not yet read. Okay, so now we are reading it, and I LOVE it!! I give it raving reviews and recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about history in a fun way. Susan Bauer has an amazing ability to simplify events into concise, easy to read chapters, and makes the history easy to remember. Each chapter quickly synopsizes the previous chapter. It is written simply enough that even my four year old gets a good grasp on what’s going on, and is able to remember that information when asked about it the next day!
The “story”, is in a second person point of view, as you transport yourself around the world and effortlessly floats from history in one country to history in another, thus allowing the reader to capture the history of the world as a whole, instead of studying one country in its entirety before covering the next.
To really round out the learning, I highly suggest getting a world map. I found one here that is large and of high quality and sticks to the wall (but also peels off). Love it! My girls love to look at the world map and grasp what happened where. If you’re super cool, you’d get this map for your wall! This is my dream map:
I have personally learned a ton, and so have my daughters. But that’s not even the best part about the book. The best part is that it is so interesting and flows so well that my daughters really look forward to the time we get to read it (we read this book as well as a fiction book before they go to bed). My oldest daughter says her most favorite bed time story is The Story Of The World, topping any fun, fiction books we read.
Here are all three of the books. When I last checked Volume 1 was not on Amazon, but perhaps it will soon. Get it — you’ll LOVE it!
Story of the World Volume 1