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A Child's History of the World Paperback – May, 2005

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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing; illustrated edition edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417924551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417924554
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,214,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am almost 70 years old and have never forgotten how much I enjoyed it when my third grade teacher read it to our class a chapter at a time along about l936. I now have 7 grandchildren and recently was able to find and purchase a used copy . This book gave me a sense of the history of the world at a very young age and I hope it will do the same for them. I rank it in the top five books I have ever read.
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Format: Hardcover
I was enrolled in the Calvert homeschooling program, and this text made history my favorite subject. The author didn't bleed all the interesting parts out. He wasn't afraid of religion or race (concepts that drove so much of history). Whenever I hear of subjects such as Constantine or the French Revolution, it's what I read in "The Child's History of the World" that comes back to me (much of it stuff I've never heard mentioned elsewhere). When I got to high school and went to a public school, the history texts were pathetic.
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By Marie on August 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a true classic which our whole family enjoys. It sparks the imagination in a way that only few books can. I recommend this book to everyone and it should be included as required reading at the elementary or even junior high level. One thing you should realize is that this is a book without a lot of "fluff", no color drawings, etc., but still better than the majority of newer discussions of history. I didn't find it to be either pro-Christianity or anti-Christianity.
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Format: Paperback
Harsh as it sounds, I would like to make the argument that no matter how much children enjoy it, this book is still a very bad idea. The biggest problem with it is its overtly racist framework, something that may have seemed perfectly all right when it was first written in the 1920's, but that is quite shocking today. The author is very clear at the outset about who "we" are: white Christians of European descent. And the word he uses - which even the 1947 revision does not cut - is "Aryan", an imaginary racial category that reached its peak of popularity in Nazi Germany.

The author carefully explains that there were "just three different white families, and from these families all the white people in the world are descended". Although the book does not explicitly say so, these three families, the Aryans, the Semites, and the Hamites, are presumably descended from the three sons of Noah. (For the discredited 19th-century racist origins of this theory, see [..].) The paragraph that has stayed in my mind since I first found a copy of this book 20 years ago runs:

"If your name is Henry or Charles or Wiliam, you are probably an Aryan.

"If it is Moses or Solomon, you are probably a Semite.

"If it is Shufu or Rameses, you are probably a Hamite."

According to Mr. Hillyer, all the major civilizations of the world have been created by white people (the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent are helpfully identified as white). Although Confucius and the Buddha get respectful nods, the civilizations of Asia are not worth mentioning.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful overview of world history, covering major dates from Menes, king of Egypt, to the United Nations. It is not at all difficult reading - it was written for children of about nine. However, it's useful for anyone who wants to have a general idea of the 'geography' of history; how often do you think of the Trojan War occurring at the same time that David was king in Israel? This book does a wonderful job of giving you the big picture.

Don't expect this book to give you a Reformed Christian perspective. Christianity was assumed at the time the book was written, but the author believes in salvation by works, and evolution.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this to my kids last year and they enjoyed it. It presents world history in small, manageable bites for kids ages 8 and up...
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Format: Hardcover
This book is currently back in print and available for purchase directly from the Calvert school in Balitmore, Maryland
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonder, and its a delight that it is available again. In 1965, when I was nine years old, my father got it in a second hand bookstore for me. He had read it back in 1936, when he was 10 years old! I loved all of it. It conveys much information, of course, but also values: a passion for history, for human progress, and for peace. I have been searching for it for my own son over the last two years, remembering only the titile of the Spanish translation I had read, to find only a reserve copy in the main library of Barcelona, and now I find an access to the original English version through the web! It was an important part of my education, and I wish to share it with my son and with others. One last wish: it should be translated again!

JR Villalbi, Barcelona, Spain
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