The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 1: Ancient Times

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 1: Ancient Times

by Susan Wise Bauer

Audiobook(CD - Unabridged, 6 CD's, 7 hrs.)

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An audiobook edition of Susan Wise Bauer's acclaimed children's narrative history, read by stage and voice actress and veteran homeschool mother Barbara Alan Johnson. This spirited reading of the first in Susan Wise Bauer's four-volume series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times.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 all around the world in long-ago times. Designed for parents to share with elementary-school children, enjoy listening together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations. An effective educational tool, use this audio edition as an accompaniment to the print book, a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or on its own.
  • No music, sound effects, or other distractions over the text
  • Painstakingly tracked every three to five minutes to help you find your place. In most cases, track marks correspond with natural chapter or section breaks in the text to preserve coherence. In other cases, tracks occur at natural textual transitions.
  • Included booklet contains detailed CD and track listings, with references to the print book chapter and section titles for use with the text.
  • Booklet also features indices by People and Story, to help you find your favorite passages easily.
  • CD faces bear large numbers, making it easy to grab the next disc at a glance, in the car or anywhere.
  • Chapter numbers and titles are also printed on the CD faces, so you don't have to search for the booklet unnecessarily.
  • Packaged in a sturdy, protective plastic box. Resists drops, bangs, and spills.
  • Special CD sleeves actually increase the life of your product by wicking dirt and debris away from the disc surface.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780974239101
Publisher: Open Texture
Publication date: 07/15/2004
Series: Story of the World: History for the Classical Child Series
Edition description: Unabridged, 6 CD's, 7 hrs.
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Do We Know What Happened?
What is History?
What is Archaeology?

Chapter 1 The Earliest People
The First Nomads
The First Nomads Become Farmers

Chapter 2 Egyptians Lived on the Nile River
Two Kingdoms Become One
Gods of Ancient Egypt

Chapter 3 The First Writing

Chapter 4 The Old Kingdom of Egypt
Making Mummies
Egyptian Pyramids

Chapter 5 The First Sumerian Dictator

Chapter 6 The Jewish People
God Speaks to Abraham
Joseph Goes to Egypt

Chapter 7 Hammurabi and the Babylonians

Chapter 8 The Assyrians
Shamshi-Adad, King of the Whole World
The Story of Gilgamesh

Chapter 9 The First Cities of India
The River-Road
The Mystery of Mohenjo-Daro

Chapter 10 The Far East — Ancient China
Lei Zu and the Silkworm
The Pictograms of Ancient China
Farming in Ancient China

Chapter 11 Ancient Africa
Ancient Peoples of West Africa
Anansi and Turtle
Anansi and the Make-Believe Food

Chapter 12 The Middle Kingdom of Egypt
Egypt Invades Nubia
The Hyksos Invade Egypt

Chapter 13 The New Kingdom of Egypt
The General and the Woman Pharoah
Amenhotep and King Tut

Chapter 14 The Israelites Leave Egypt
The Baby Moses
The Exodus from Egypt

Chapter 15 The Phoenicians
Phoenician Traders
The Founding of Carthage

Chapter 16 The Return of Assyria
Ashurbanipal's Attack
The Library of Nineveh

Chapter 17 Babylon Takes Over Again!
Nebuchadnezzar's Madness
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Chapter 18 Life in Early Crete
Bull-jumpers and Sailors
King Minos and the Minotaur
The Mysterious End of the Minoans

Chapter 19 The Early Greeks
The Mycenaeans
The Greek Dark Ages

Chapter 20 Greece Gets Civilized Again
Greece Gets an Alphabet
The Stories of Homer
The First Olympic Games

Chapter 21 The Medes and the Persians
A New Empire
Cyrus the Great

Chapter 22 Sparta and Athens
Life in Sparta
Life in Athens

Chapter 23 The Greek Gods

Chapter 24 The Wars of the Greeks
Greece's War with Persia
The Greeks Fight Each Other

Chapter 25 Alexander the Great
Philip and His Son
Alexander's Invasions
The Death of Alexander

Chapter 26 The People of the Americas
The Nazca Drawings
The Heads of the Olmecs
Rabbit Shoots the Sun

Chapter 27 The Rise of Rome
Romulus and Remus
The Power of Rome

Chapter 28 The Roman Empire...
The Roman Gods
The Roman Builders
The Roman Gladiators
The Gladiator School

Chapter 29 Rome's War with Carthage

Chapter 30 The Aryans of India
Life on the Ganges River
The Castes of Ancient India
Siddhartha

Chapter 31 The Mauryan Empire of India
The Empire United
The Jakata Tales

Chapter 32 China — Writing and the Qin
Calligraphy in China
Warring States
The First Emperor and the Great Wall
The First Emperor's Grave

Chapter 33 Confucius

Chapter 34 The Rise of Julius Caesar
Caesar is Kidnapped
The Consuls of Rome
Caesar and the Senate

Chapter 35 Caesar the Hero
Caesar Fights the Celts
Caesar Crosses the Rubicon
Caesar and Cleopatra
The Death of Caesar

Chapter 36 The First Roman Prince

Chapter 37 The Beginning of Christianity
The Birth of Jesus
Jesus Crucified and Resurrected

Chapter 38 The End of the Ancient Jewish Nation

Chapter 39 Rome and the Christians
Nero, the Evil Emperor
Christians in the Catacombs
The Emperor Is a Christian!

Chapter 40 Rome Begins to Weaken
The British Rebellion
Rome Divided In Two

Chapter 41 The Attacking Barbarians
Attila the Hun
Stilicho, Roman and Barbarian
The Coming of the Visigoths

Chapter 42 The End of Rome
The Last Roman Emperor
The Gifts of Rome

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Story of the World 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Jessiesgrl More than 1 year ago
I am actually going through this a second time with my younger son. We use this as our history for our homeschool. I've learned more going through all 4 parts of this series than I ever did before in all my years of history. It starts at the beginning. It's not based on the theory of evolution. She also recommends several supplemental books to use with each chapter to get additional material. Not to mention other books to read, maps, and activities to reinforce what's taught! It's a fantastic series for any homeschool!!
ADNJ More than 1 year ago
I now have the entire series for my 9 year old son and he has "devoured" each and every one. I started off reading a chapter a day but he wanted far more and begged to read on his own. A wonderful way to learn history and my friends are excited to find these books an informative, historical and interesting/educational source also.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
I've been reading "The Story of the World" to my 6-year-old for the past several weeks. While the book is comprehensive in its' overall time line, we've been picking and choosing stories based on what interests us on a given day. Last night we chose three stories summarizing the life and exploits of Alexander the Great. Last week we read about the adventures of Odysseus. Before that, it was the Remus and Romulus myth surrounding the beginnings of Rome. And don't forget the appropriately detailed overview of the lives of gladiators. I think next up will be Early America civilizations... Each chapter is short and focused, and written well for K-3rd grade. The chapters are written as stories or narratives which make the learning perfectly consumable by the target age ranges. Not only have I found my son making real world connections and references to items we've read in the book, but I've also learned a few new things myself. This is highly recommended.
stephkmn More than 1 year ago
This book is well done, the sections are short and very interesting. My kids, 9 and 7, like the stories and listen intently. Makes learning history more fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We've been reading from this text nightly. The chapters are short, the verbiage is geared towards younger children, etc. We are enjoying the book and my 5 yr old really gets it, asking questions, and even using sentences like 'that's like the euphrates river we read about.'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It presents history as a story. It contains 42 chapter of less than 7 pages. it can be read independently by a 4th grader or used as a read aloud history book for 1st through 3rd grade. we will definately be getting the activity guide when it becomes available
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the thoroughness of this history book. Ms Bauer does not neglect any part of the world in her histories. It is told in a story like manner, much like Hillyer however it sometimes seemed a little too juvenile or dumbed down. We supplemented heavily with biographies and with A Child's History of the World. It was interesting to note the differences between the two histories and how each author looked at things just a little different. We will continue to use SOTW as a spine so that we don't miss any of the out of the way things that aren't typically covered in other histories even though the quality of the literature wasn't exactly what I had hoped.
woakden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This seems like a great series and I really want to read these with Elli later on. It would be a really good intro to the history of the world, not just Canada, that I completely missed out on.
JGolomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been reading "The Story of the World" to my 6-year-old for the past several weeks. While the book is comprehensive in its' overall time line, we've been picking and choosing stories based on what interests us on a given day. Last night we chose three stories summarizing the life and exploits of Alexander the Great. Last week we read about the adventures of Odysseus. Before that, it was the Remus and Romulus myth surrounding the beginnings of Rome. And don't forget the appropriately detailed overview of the lives of gladiators.I think next up will be Early America civilizations...Each chapter is short and focused, and written well for K-3rd grade. The chapters are written as stories or narratives which make the learning perfectly consumable by the target age ranges.Not only have I found my son making real world connections and references to items we've read in the book, but I've also learned a few new things myself.This is highly recommended.
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book covers a lot of the world's ancient history. It is a good book for learning.
kleahey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Going into any history book, I am concerned about how the author's personal views might have shaped his or her interpretation of the record of events. This is doubly so concerning history books written for children who are even more susceptible to accepting option and conjecture as truth. I think that, with this concern in mind, Ms. Bauer did an excellent job assembling this first volume of her early elementary school world history series. Her attempt at including myths from each of the religious traditions she broaches in the book is admirable, although I feel that she tips her hand slightly as her prefaces to biblical passages present them more as historical record than spiritual account. That being said, Ms. Bauer goes above and beyond what all other textbooks that I've seen for this age accomplish, attempting to give a concise but global snapshot of the time period, following trends and themes in history across cultures, and constructing a terribly engaging narrative, all so that children see the study of history as more than just the recitation of a list of dusty facts but as something that has real value in their lives.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first volume of a series subtitled "History for the Classical Child"--part of the Sonlight curriculum. It's a summary of the ancient history, up through about 500 AD, written in a very readable style. Almost like reading a novel. One pleasant touch in this book is that even though it was written to be part of a classical education, it acknowledges that there were civilizations elsewhere in the world besides just in the Fertile Crescent and around the Mediterranean. 'Tis a volume worth checking out.--J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is well written but some of the facts aren't quite factual. And some stories are HIGHLY oversimplified. My son is reading this book in history and he finds it easy to read and understand but his teacher has to keep altering facts to make them true. STOP USING REVIEW PAGES AS CHAT CITES THEY ARE NOT!!!!!
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