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Product Details

  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press (May 31 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972860339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972860338
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This works wonderfully as a family read-aloud... There's plenty of dialogue and enough detail to keep adults interested.”

“This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.”

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and The Well-Trained Mind, among other works. She lives in Virginia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joyful spirit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 13 2009
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We bought the book to go with the audio CDs of the series, as some of us learn better if we can follow along while we listen. The whole set of 4 makes a nice quick overview of history of the world without boring or bogging one down. Intended for elementary age children but enjoyed by all the adults in this household as well!
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Non seulement ce format de livre audio est-il pratique pour les randonne en voiture, mais c'est egalement tres educatif, pour les enfants et les parents.
C'est une serie geniale. Je ne suis pas certain si elle est disponible en francais...
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By R. Ong on July 17 2011
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this product was in my hands in a few days to the delight of my son who waiting to hear what happened next :) THanks!
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
Another good volume, sorry that it is the last June 9 2005
By Henry Cate III - Published on
Format: Paperback
My family has greatly enjoyed the first three volumes of "The Story of the World" series. Our daughters have listened to the "Story of the World" CDs again and again. My oldest daughter on her own will pick up the first three books to read. So when Peace Hill Press sent out an email saying a few advanced copies were available, I quickly ordered a copy. When it arrived I had to take turns with my oldest daughter as we both wanted to read it.

In many ways this is a good conclusion to the series. It is a bigger book than the previous ones. Susan Wise Bauer says in the forward that Story of the World Volume 1 was written for children in grades 1 to 4, volume 2 was written for children in grades 2 to 5, volume 3 was written for children in grades 3 to 6, and volume 4 was targeted at children in grades 4 to 8. So this last book is written for a much higher level than the first book.

Be warned, in many ways this is a sad book, it focuses mainly on the wars, revolutions, and civil strife over the last 150 years. This is probably its biggest weakness. The book makes little mention of positive things that have happened over the last 150 years. Most of the discussions of changes in technology, business, or other areas of life have to do with how the changes affected war.

It was sad to see some basic patterns. Again and again some leader, or group of leaders, would try to gain power or expand power, there would be a lot of fighting, many people would die, and often things wouldn't fundamentally change.

The book is very comprehensive. It covers every part of the world. I learned a lot about South America and Africa. I had not realized that it was only in the 1870s that Europe carved up Africa.

This is a good conclusion to the series. It is well written. It was hard to put down. If you have read the first three volumes then you should buy this book. If not, you might want to start with the first volume.
59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
and now for something completely different... Oct. 3 2005
By Karen J. Morton - Published on
Format: Hardcover
To be honest we are only ten chapters in to this volume (having read the previous three volumes), but this volume seems very choppy and disconnected. She does put a disclaimer at the beginning of the book stating the older age (fourth grade to eighth grade) of her intended audience, however the "storytelling" style of the previous volumes seems to be missing; that, in addition to the seemingly unrelated topics in each chapter make this book a much more difficult read, and certainly a more difficult "follow." We are hoping that the Activity Guide will make it more cohesive, however, it has not yet been released, which is very frustrating. Not giving up yet, however, as this has been a very good series overall.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
I highly recommend this book to everyone 10 and up July 23 2005
By K. Arbuckle - Published on
Format: Paperback
I would say all ages, but I think it is several pages too long for a reader much younger than ten unless they are a gifted reader. A parent or caregiver could easily read it aloud for younger children. I really appreciate the author's vision in recognizing the need for unbiased, classic books that simply try to tell history rather than interpret it. In today's global environment, it is important for people to know a little of the history from around the world, and this author makes it more enjoyable than most of our carbon-copy textbooks that we all had in school. She tells history as a story, which is perfect because that is exactly what history is-the story of how people have lived and what they have accomplished.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
best history I have used March 23 2006
By D. Lowe - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are teaching more than one age group I couldn't recomend a better history curriculum. I have 5 kids from 6yrs to 16. We all use the same book for history. I read aloud to the kids who can't read yet or who would rather listen. If you want to use this you will also need to buy the Activity Book. It includes lots of things to do for each subject including a list of books to read for older kids. I realy like the receipes for each time period.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
great! June 29 2007
By Julie Day - Published on
Format: Audio CD
We are a homeschooling family. I Love this whole series! I have all of them on CD which is great because we take them in the van with us. You can listen to them over and over and really remember it that way. They are Told kind of like a story so it holds your interest. I have 5 kiddos and I find they all enjoy and learn from these. I am learning alot too :)