The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor

The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor

by Susan Wise Bauer

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Overview

This first book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers' polls—over 150,000 copies of the series in print!


What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi's tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome?


Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, The Story of the World series 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. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World, Volume 1 includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations.


Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests—each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Text Book. Volume 1 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-5.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933339009
Publisher: The Well-Trained Mind Press
Publication date: 04/17/2006
Series: Story of the World Series , #1
Edition description: Revised Second Edition
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 68,280
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

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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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