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The Story of the World


“The title really says it all – this is a delightful book of stories. Ms. Bauer’s writing style is engaging and easy to read, and she includes details that are intrinsically interesting to children. Some stories are fables from around the world and some are fictional stories that illustrate life in that time in history. The details of real battles, kingdoms, cultures, and customs weave together a story worth telling over and over.”–The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened around the world in the centuries before our own. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children, or for older readers to enjoy alone. Introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations!
Volume One: Ancient Times
Volume Two: The Middle Ages
Volume Three: Early Modern Times
Volume Four: The Modern Age
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Use alone, or combine with the curriculum guides and tests for a complete elementary history/literature/geography program.


“As a companion to the book, The Curriculum Guide and Activity Book is a large and thorough resource with maps, recipes, crafts, and games. The two-page “How To Use Activity Book One” has recommendations for the pattern to follow in each chapter, ideas for multilevel teaching, some good reminders to parents about previewing suggested materials, and a helpful pronunciation guide. As I flip through the 275 pages, I find review questions for each chapter, a page of review cards at the end of every four chapters, and tons of supplemental ideas in between. There are coloring pages for easy craft days and more complicated ideas, such as making a mummified chicken or an Assyrian siege tower! As a craft-challenged mom, I appreciate the thorough directions, the variety offered, and the lists of literature suggestions at the end of each chapter. The grand finale is a Roman feast, complete with costume, meal, and entertainment ideas.”–The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, (review of Volume 1 Activity Guide)

“The Activity Guide for The Story of the World: Volume Two takes this great book and makes it a history curriculum. Each chapter has review questions, a request for narrations, and recommended books for further reading. Maps, coloring pages, crafts, and other activities make it easy to provide hands-on learning opportunities. There are also page numbers for corresponding topics in Usborne and Kingfisher history books. This allows older children to read additional information on the topic, and to practice some outlining, summarizing, and paper writing, if appropriate.”–The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, (review of Volume 2 Activity Guide)

“This may well be the best multiage read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.” Homeschooling in Japan

“A great, classically based history program.”–Choosy Homeschooler

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Peace Hill Press 2001-2007, ISBNs 978-1933339-009 /978-1933339-092 / 978-0971412-996 / 978-0972860-338