- 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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A Child's History of the World Paperback – May, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.
JR Villalbi, Barcelona, Spain
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful classic. This more than any other book summarizes all of written history in an easy understanble way.Published 16 months ago by Jason
I bought my copy from a GoodWill for less than $5 in 2001. I read it to my older sons every night, and printed off maps of the different parts of the world. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer
And was amazed by the wonderful storytelling and the drawings. Made history come alive in the way it should for children. Just remembered it. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by D. Mancino
I got this book as part of a curriculum package for my second grader. I decided to pre-read it to see how it was, because a lot of people had mentioned problems with it. Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by Cat
This book will give your child a comprehensive and enjoyable overview of world history. I have to admit that I read it to myself after the kids are in bed. Read morePublished on July 29, 2008 by thank you
This is a great book.
It is "great" in the sense that the book achieves, without rancor and with a wonderful sense of perspective and humor, its laudable purpose (to... Read more
We've read it again and again. All ages, over and over. There is always something new to learn from this marvelous volume. The author's prose and style is incomparable.Published on May 9, 2006 by Ana Braga-Henebry
Years ago I recalled a friend of mine who was in her early 80's telling me about this particular book. Read morePublished on March 14, 2006 by K. Alphs
I first encountered this gem of a book when I decided to home educate my children for a few years, and it came with my daughter's fourth grade Calvert School kit. Read morePublished on February 2, 2006 by Blake's Mistress