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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 10
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (August 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465414185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465414182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Divided into different eras, with various ranges of time ("Before History Began," "Really Ancient History," "Much More Civilized," "The Marvelous Middle Ages," "Exploring and Reforming," "Time for Change," "Empires and World Wars," and "Fast Forward"), this offering follows the publisher's successful pattern of full-color pictures, brief blurbs of text, and highlighted features focusing on particular aspects of the broader subject. Starting with "3 MYA" ("million years ago") and ending with "1945-present," each part of the book gives a brief overview of what was going on in different parts of the world at the same time. A color-coded time line runs across most of the spreads, showing the progression and advancement of civilization. Every few pages, a particular subtopic gets extra attention. For instance, in the "700 BCE-500 CE" section, there is a two-page discussion, replete with a color picture of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi's terra-cotta army. Features such as these make this an excellent browsing book, but students can still pull information from the text. A brief history of both the United States and Canada is appended. A good addition to most collections, both for the information it offers and for its appealing format.-Carol Fazioli, Barth Elementary School, Pottstown, PAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Presented in a time-line format, this is a visually astonishing excursion through world history from 3.5 million years ago to 2012. The colorful ribbon of time across the middle of each page is branched off with blocks of text and accompanying illustrations (photos of artifacts and events, drawings, and diagrams) to provide a stimulating, browser-friendly design throughout. Most double-page spreads cover a specific-length segment of time, starting at millions of years in prehistoric times, reducing to smaller time spans as history becomes more detailed, and then finally settling in at five years for most spreads from 1910 onward. Special pages highlighting major events—or, in some cases, focusing upon the lives of children—are interspersed throughout. The coverage is inclusive, touching upon activities in all parts of the world, though much of the information will require a fairly sophisticated knowledge of history to understand. Although designed for reference, this has the feel of a carefully crafted museum exhibit. Grades 6-9. --Randall Enos

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Specific historical events are highlighted in the book by being expanded in a two pages presentation.
This book is a MUST-HAVE for any parent with school kids, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone else who has any interest in history whatsoever.
Eric Romaine
Overall, this is a great kids history book that is arranged chronologically and easy enough to read through and enjoy it.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Denise Patterson VINE VOICE on November 7, 2013
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We homeschool, and I just can NOT tell you how much trouble I've had finding a timeline for a history supplement that I really, really like! This is the closest I've found, and I'm happy to have it!

- LOTS of events are listed, all the way up to Felix Baumgartner's space jump.
- Gorgeous. Lots of pictures. Intriguing to just flip through.
- starts at 6.5 million years ago with the emergence of apes that walked upright. As a secular homeschooling family, finding a timeline that goes back further than 4000 BCE has been a bit of an issue :(
- Each two page spread either covers a time period (2000-1500 BCE, 600-700, 1770-1780, 2000-2005 for examples) OR takes a particularly interesting topic and goes more in depth with it (The First Writing, The Crusades, The French Revolution, Fleeing the Nazis, for examples)

- SOOOO visually busy, just like all DK books. If this book just had wide margins where we could write in other topics to put them in our timeline, it would be better. I personally don't like visual business anyway, so this is more of a negative for me than for most.
- Just not enough on non-Western culture. We're studying the Japan's Yamato Dynasty in my son's second grade world history book. It's not mentioned. It's only the longest running imperial family in the history of the WORLD, you'd think that could get it a mention. Empress Wu, the only woman to ever rule China in her own name, and for more than 40 years - no mention. Harun al-Rashid, the medieval caliph on whose court The Thousand and One Nights are based - no mention. So it's a bit of a bust for us, since I'm getting all these names from my son's world history book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By delicateflower152 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2013
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"History Year By Year" presents a beautifully done, comprehensive overview of the world's history. Important events are highlighted; this vehicle for providing information should pique the reader's exploration of a subject in greater depth. Peter Crisp, Joe Fullman, and Susan Kennedy have done a masterful job of selecting and synopsizing historical, anthropological, and cultural aspects that continue to influence our world.

Illustrated using maps, graphs, drawings, photographs, and significant works of art, "Smithsonian History Year By Year" provides a visual feast for the eyes. Colors are vivid and enhance the book's appeal; the clear, well-written text is printed on heavy, high-quality paper. Even though "Smithsonian History Year By Year" is an overview, the authors have not "dumbed down" the information.

The authors use color effectively to separate items of specific interest. For example, biographical subjects, who receive more detailed treatment, are boxed in a pale beige box. A pale green box encloses detailed information about important structures, world events, and specific eras, e.g. the Depression. The eras and time-periods the authors chose to highlight each have different color timelines shown horizontally in the center of the pages. One can easily find a specific era since the different color bands show on the pages' outer edge. Formatting the book so that the linear timeline continues from page to page emphasizes that history and events move progressively through time and do not occur in a vacuum.

Traditionalists and some others may have issues with this book. Dating is designated as BCE - Before Common Era - and CE - Common Era.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By CrimsonGirl VINE VOICE on December 19, 2013
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Growing up, I didn't have a good sense of how the various topics I studied in history related to each other chronologically. If you had asked me were the Ancient Maya before or after the signing of the Magna Carta, I wouldn't have had a clue (the correct answer is before). This book is an excellent way to help students see exactly what was going on around the world at any given time. That's the good.

The reason why I decided to give it only 3 stars is because it is overly "politically correct". It treats what Muslims believe about Muhammad as fact (calling him a prophet and stating that the Angel Gabriel appeared to him) but then uses "the Bible says..." and "Christians believe..." language when talking about Christian beliefs. All religious beliefs should be treated the same way with a "the [name of religious text] says..." or "[name of religion] teaches..." That way the reader can decide for himself/herself which things (if any) to accept as factual.

The book also says that Christians believe that Jesus is "the son of God" with no mention of Christian beliefs in Jesus' divinity or that He is the Messiah. Christ is most important to His followers because He is their Savior, not just that He is the Son of God.

"Young Earth" Creationists should be aware that the book starts its timeline not with the first farmers but 6 million years ago with early hominids. Pages 8-15 are devoted to hominid evolution and prehistory. As a Christian who is not a YEC, I personally don't have a problem with this, but wanted to give a "heads up" about it.

The treatment of modern history topics displays a politically liberal bias. Conservatives should be prepared to discuss alternate views on the various topics.
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