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We are home educators and found this to be a better spine for history than Story of the World. We are able to quickly blitz through all of history in one year with this, which means then we can use other resources to go into more detail later on. I have the adult version of this book, which I bought when it first came out, and found it so readable that I knew my children would like this. We read a chapter and then do some activities and watch some films / read books about what we have learnt in the chapter. I am allowing one year to get through the whole book.
Book itself looked lovley but arrived faulty. Not sure if it was a printing error or a binding error but all along the top of the book you could could see coloured blocks along the top edge of the paper. I assume this edge would ordnarily have been cut then bound but the copy I recieved th pages were all folded over and attached to each other. So it was unreadable. I messaged Amazon to request a return and got a message back and details to return. The message clearly stated as a goodwill they would refund the book when they received back and send a replacement copy for free. I eventually recieved the refund weeks later but no replacement copy. The only way I can contact Customer service is the online chat which is rubbish. What a shame . One disappointed birthday boy as it came as a gift so I left in the box so he could open it on the day.
Absolutely brilliant book! This covers EVERYTHING - from ancient history to current terrorism, the Roman Empire to climate change - all in 350 pages! Its interesting and informative but each topic is short enough that you don't get bored or overwhelmed. I bought it for my 9 year old, she loves it but I feel I ( at 45) learnt so much from this book too. I will be buying this for all the children in the family this Christmas. Highly recommended!
Well written and informative book in a very readable format. Both our boys aged 12 and 9 enjoyed flicking through this book and reading various sections. It is laid out in 15 colour-coded chapters, each focusing on a different period of time from 13.8 billion years ago to present day. I’m sure this will also serve as a useful reference book for homework. Thoroughly recommended and would make a great birthday or Christmas present.
I bought this book for my 8 year old son to encourage him to learn about history (of everything!) in a way that would be fun and entertaining.
This is a great book for children to read with their parents. It is structured in a storybook style that makes it very readable for young children eager to learn but who have short attention spans. A staggering range of subjects are covered in the book from dinosaurs to inventors making it very attractive to children of both sexes.
My son loves the book and I notice him becoming more knowledgeable about a wide range of topics without him realising that this is in fact an educational book!
With it's ambitious title, this book presents the near impossible task of telling a story so vast, it would be impossible to fit in a bookshop, let alone a bookshelf. Absolutely Everything, well almost! This book gives it a pretty good go. Beautifully vibrant in design, even handed and balanced in tone. This book would be a wonderful addition to any book lover's shelf. Fizzing with illustrations and supporting facts and quotes. It is a throughly enjoyable reading experience designed to capture the attention and imagination of non fiction and fiction fans alike!