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Product Details

  • Paperback: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Calvert Education Services (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8882870286
  • ISBN-13: 978-8882870287
  • ASIN: B00069BKF4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

My children beg to read their history lesson in this book.
Terri J. Rice
We own two hardcover copies in addition to the kindle version - it's that good!
Juniper Daunen
After that awkward beginning the rest of the book is very well done.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Austen Fan on September 11, 2009
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Just FYI for those looking at using this book for homeschooling purposes - it says is written for a 9 year-old's perspective and understanding. I would say 7-8 years actually. Simplistic information, but covers a good, broad view of world history.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ethan S. Worthan on August 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am a third grade teacher, and my school added this book to the curriculum this year. I found it to be a great book not only for the young student, but also for those who want a glimpse into the history of the world. The author tells the stories in an enchanting way, and asks questions to get the reader to think about the events. My students loved this book so much that many didn't want to give it up at the end of the year. This is a must have for any parent who wants to teach their children to love history.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Terri J. Rice TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
V. M. Hillyer is SO readable. My children continue to love reading his books. We have his geography, his art, and history of the world and we love his style of writing. OK, the first four chapters of this book are arcane... "men once lived in caves... drinking blood instead of milk, eating raw meat... and then (ta da!) fire was discovered... Pretty sorry stuff and yet it is a great opportunity to tell my children that even very intelligent, likeable people believe this stuff. But he does improve,

By chapter five things turn around and we get good old Hillyer able to tell the story of the world at a level that totally appeals to the elementary school student and leaves them with a plethora of knowledge.

My children beg to read their history lesson in this book. I get a great overview to boot!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jon Davis on June 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a book I wish I didn't let negative amazon reviews stop me from purchasing last year. My son reads this book with "Story of The World Vol.2" and loves it. There's a website you can search to find corresponding chapters of "A Child's History of the World" that match up with "Story of the World."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Five on January 28, 2010
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Hands down the best, most interesting history book I've ever read. It's for kids, but still, AMAZING.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Greene on March 11, 2010
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This book is required for Sonlight 2nd grade curriculum. I have to say I love this book and I have never been a "History person." When I first saw the very plain yellow book I actually dreaded buying it. But this is certainly a case where you can not judge a book by it's cover. He writes this book so clearly and really makes the stories come alive. This is not a boring History book! It is excellent. I now wish I would have bought a better copy, because mine is falling apart. Really- it's that good!
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130 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2008
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I wish the other 2 reviewers had mentioned that this is not a secular book.

Pg. 56 - "Now Abraham believed in one God, as we do, while his neighbors, the Babylonians, worshiped many gods and the heavenly bodies, such as the sun, moon, and stars, as I have just said."

Pg. 65 - "The Greeks believed in many gods, not in one God, as we do and as the Jews do, and their gods were more like people in fairy tales than like divine beings."

Pg. 255 - "A that time some English slaves were being sold in the slave-market in Rome. They were very handsome. The pope saw them and asked who they were. 'They are Angles.' he was told. 'Angles!' exclaimed he. 'They are handsome enough to be 'angels,' and they should certainly be Christians.' Rome sent some missionaries to England to convert the English: to change Angles to angels. So at last the English, too became Christians."

So, if you're not a white Christian, this book definitely is not for you. Otherwise, you might just love it! Personally, it made me cringe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dawn R. Penny on February 27, 2013
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This is so delightful and approachable. This 47-year old is learning a lot and will send it to her young nephews only when I've finished! I didn't think I'd like this, bu
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