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Our Island Story: A History of Britain for Boys and Girls Paperback – January 1, 2006
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H.E. Marshall's Our Island Story, first published in 1905, must rank as one of the most influential works of history of the 20th century. --Times Educational Supplement, 7th July 2005
I used to read it to my son Henry who now, aged eight, reads it himself for pleasure, and he gets precisely the same thrill from history as I did a third of a century ago. --Andrew Roberts, The Sunday Times, 3rd July 2005 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Sadly, I have not been impressed with this Wilder Publications version. It does appear to be unabridged, but the font is small, the lines are close together (explains the difference in number of pages between this and other versions), and the type is faint and thus hard to read. There is no table of contents, the chapters are not numbered, and each chapter begins a few scant lines after the end of the preceding one. This may reduce the page count, but it is definitely not reader-friendly if you are trying to find a specific chapter or lost your place in reading. In addition, the proofing was poor, as I have found several typos in the few chapters we've read so far. I expected to hand this book over to my 8-year-old to read on his own, but the mistakes could influence his understanding of the material, which, by the way, is outstanding.
All in all, I'd recommend spending a few extra bucks to buy an edition that was published with higher standards. [...]
The chapters are relatively short. For the most part, the book is organized chronologically by King (or Queen). Each chapter (or sometimes several chapters) hits the high points of each King or Queen's reign.
Make history come alive for your children by reading this book to them.
This is a nice softcover edition. Check out the publishers other books. You can pretty much assume it is going to be interesting to your children if they have published it. I have several of their books and every one has been a hit with our family.
The only (small) negative I could give it is that there are several spelling mistakes-mostly a missing letter in a word. I corrected that as we went along for the next time I read it aloud. It really wasn't a problem but I just thought I should point that out.
We are now reading the sequel about our own country (America) called "This Country of Ours" and enjoying that one as well. I can highly recommend both books, as well as "Fifty Famous Stories Retold" which is usually bought along with these two. That one is especially easy to narrate from as the stories are very short-often just 2 pages.
Aside from this, the YC edition is fine -- nice font size, easy to read.
First, we bought the Wilder edition, which lacks any chapter numbers of any kind. Small typeface, numerous typos, no pictures. This is a wretched edition. I am reading this aloud to my kids, but if they were reading it themselves, I would have rejected this and bought the Yesterday's Classics edition.
Second, I hoped we wouldn't but unfortunately we have stumbled upon some anti-Catholic bias. The most glaring so far is the chapter on Edward the Confessor, which presents him almost entirely unlikeable and different from any accurate history of King Edward-- SAINT Edward, may I add, and sainthood is not granted capriciously--that I have read. Sadly, I will have to research the rest of the topics in this book on my own so that I will be armed with facts, and will no longer be able to blindly trust H.E. Marshall's text. I like aspects of it enough to continue using it, but not without some serious fact-checking first.
At the beginning they might be more folklore than fact, but none the less they are wonderful. There are some great moral lessons to be learned from many of the stories.
After I bought the Yesterday's Classics I found an old hardback with great color pictures. It cost a bit, but what a treasure!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for a homeschooling curriculum we have been using. This is a beautiful copy with lots of lovely pictures.Published 10 days ago by H. Hill
My daughter is using this in school, and she really enjoys it. It's a great book on the history of Britain.Published 1 month ago by SandrasKitchenNook
I am really enjoying the story. There are editing errors in the text every 10 pages or so, most commonly a sentence is repeated. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kimberly Anne
This is a wonderful chronological history of England told in stories. Each chapter is a manageable length. I am learning it right along with my children and loving it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by littlechicory
The stories are great and the hardbound version will definitely hold up as we use it for the next 10 + years of our homeschool!Published 9 months ago by mateojm
This is an exciting history book written many years ago. It is quite good for reading aloud to children. I enjoyed learning about the history of Britain.Published 10 months ago by Connie S.
We are loving this book. Each story/chapter is short which is nice for reading aloud...but my kids keep asking me to read just one more!Published 12 months ago by Jennifer H
Awesome way to learn history; my son loves this recording!!!Published 13 months ago by Stacie M. Bean