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  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Audio CD: 7 pages
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press; Revised Edition edition (October 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933339047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933339047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.” (Homeschooling in Japan)

“This works wonderfully as a family read-aloud... There's plenty of dialogue and enough detail to keep adults interested.” (Cafi Cohen, author of Homeschooling The Teen Years) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and The Well-Trained Mind, among other works. She lives in Virginia.

Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for more than twenty-five years. He lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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My son started reading the Story of the World series as a third grade, and he absolutely loved it.
RH Schultz
My kids absolutely love it, often beg for me to put it in when we get in the car, and won't let me turn it off until we get where we're going.
The book reads like a story and is packed with information that is easy for young elementary students to understand.

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357 of 370 people found the following review helpful By homewith4 on March 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
We used this book last year and are now half way through the second volume. I think both books do a phenomenal job of meeting their stated purpose: to INTRODUCE world history in an engaging fashion to early elementary aged students. I think it's very important to purchase the activity book along with the book, as the activity book not only has tons of really fun and reasonably simple activities that help bring history alive, but also contains stellar recommendations for further reading. The fact that many of those recommendations flat out contradict the viewpoints presented by the author in this book is an indication of Bauer's academic integrity, in my opinion.

Many of the critiques of this series hinge on the fact that the book is loaded with inaccuracies and mythology. It is. But even stick-to-the-facts-and-only-the-facts history text books (which are BORING) are full of inaccuracies. At least this is interesting. Also, an understanding of the intended purpose of the book is important. It's designed as a read-aloud, NOT to be read independently by the child. It's also designed to serve as an INTRODUCTION to historical topics and parents are encouraged to supplement the stories by doing further investigation. I'd like to see the book that could adequately present all of the complexities and varying historical arguments about a topic in two pages in a child-friendly format.

I think there is a Christian bias throughout the book, but as a non-Christian I haven't found that to be particularly problematic. For example, the story of the Exodus is presented in a much more factual format than many of the other mythologies in the book. There are plenty of people who believe in the absolute historical accuracy of that story, so for them that's just fine.
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239 of 252 people found the following review helpful By larin on March 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having read and enjoyed Susan Wise Bauer's larger volume of history for adults, I was excited to use this book set with my children. Halfway through it I have decided to continue my search for a foundation for my history class.

My classroom experience using this text has been good in many ways. The story format is engaging, as history should be for a young person (in this case second and third graders). Including stories and myths from those times is not a bad thing, and it is up to the teacher to be able to help the student differentiate between the two. Remember that many of the people of these time periods did believe these things and based their cultures on them. That doesn't mean we have to take the stories as the truth, but knowing them gives us insight into other aspects of these cultures and how they developed further. Students should learn factual information, but I think many approaches to history are so factual that they end up becoming dry, dull drudgery for students, causing them to lose any enjoyment they may have had of the subject.

On that topic, I have greatly enjoyed working through some of the supplemental activities with my students. More importantly the students have loved the activities and have told their parents that history is their favorite subject. I do not do every activity, but choose the ones that give the students a stronger sense of what it would be like to live during this time period. Some of the suggestions in the activity guide have given me ideas for my own projects that the students have really enjoyed, as well. I have the first version of the activity guide and would not recommend it. I also teach art and would endorse very few of the drawings in the book; why expose your young people to such bad art?
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Busy Reader: Get To The Point on June 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I searched out this book after listening to Ms. Bauer's audiobook, "The History of the Medieval World," which is well worth an adult's time to digest. I am reading "The Story of the World" to my six-year-old son, and he loves it. I wasn't sure he would take to a long book without many pictures, so I'm pleasantly surprised.

Perhaps you should know my purpose and background, in order to evaluate this review. I am not an expert on history, as many reviewers here claim to be. If Ms. Bauer makes a historical mistake, it'll need to be glaring for me to catch it. My son attends a public school, so I'm not using this as a textbook at home. I want my son to know history because that's the best way to know what to expect from people. In our opinion, this book is excellent for its purpose. I'm sure we'll want more detailed, mature treatments of the subject later on. Right now, the beginning exposure is what's most important.

I read the negative reviews with interest. Most seem disappointed on religious grounds; either Ms. Bauer's story is too Christian or not Christian enough. I'm an atheist, and I think her treatment of myths and religious history is appropriate and manageable. I'm not expecting her to deliver enlightenment on that front. I encourage anyone interested to read the sample pages offered on the Amazon site. I think the gaps in this series can only be remedied by further reading, not an attempt to find one perfect textbook. Good luck to all you parents.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. Alphs on January 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times "From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor" is authored by Susan Wise Bauer. She is a faculty member of the College of William and Mary, and co-author of "The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home."
Story of the World Volume 1 Ancient Times is the first volume of a four volume "Story of the World" book set. The book is divided into forty-two chapters which are comprised of the following:
Introduction: How Do We Know What Happened? What is History? What is Archaeology?
Ch. 1 The Earliest People: The First Nomads; The First Nomads Become Farmers
Ch. 2 Egyptians Lived on the Nile River: Two Kingdoms Become One; Gods of Ancient Egypt
Ch. 3 The First Writing
Ch. 4 The Old Kingdom of Egypt: Making Mummies; Egyptian Pyramids
Ch. 5 The First Sumerian Dictator
Ch. 6 The Jewish People: God Speaks to Abraham; Joseph Goes to Egypt
Ch. 7 Hammurabi and the Babylonians
Ch. 8 The Assyrians: Shamshi-Adad, King of the Whole World; The Story of Gilgamesh
Ch. 9 The First Cities of India: The River Road; The Mystery of Mohenjo-Daro
Ch. 10 The Fare East: Ancient China: Lei Zu and the Silkworm; The Pictograms of China;
Farming in Ancient China
Ch. 11 Ancient Africa: Ancient Peoples of West Africa;
Anansi the Turtle; Anansi and the Make-Believe Food
Ch. 12 The Middle Kingdom of Egypt: Egypt Invades Nubia; The Hyksos Invade Egypt
Ch. 13 The New Kingdom of Egypt: The General and the Woman Pharaoh; Amenhotep and King Tut
Ch. 14 The Israelites Leave Egypt: The Baby Moses; The Exodus from Egypt
Ch. 15 The Phoenicians: Phoenician Traders; The Founding of Carthage
Ch. 16 The Return of Assyria: Ashurbanipal's Attack; The Library on Ninevah
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Susan was born in 1968, grew up in Virginia, and was educated at home by pioneering parents, back when home education was still unheard of. She worked as a professional musician, wore a costume at Colonial Williamsburg, toured with a travelling drama group, galloped racehorses at a Virginia racetrack, taught horseback riding, worked in radio and newspaper ad sales, learned enough Korean to teach a Korean four-year-old Sunday school, and served as librarian and reading tutor for the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In her less haphazard adult life, she earned an M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. She has taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for the last sixteen years. Susan is married and the mother of four.

Susan's most recent book for Norton, The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade (2010), is the second in a four-volume series providing a narrative world history. Look for the first volume, The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome, as well!

Her previous book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (2003), is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise); originally published in 1999, this bestselling guide to education in the classical tradition was revised and updated in 2004 and again in 2009.

For Peace Hill Press, Susan has written a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World, for Peace Hill Press. Volume 1, Ancient Times, was published in 2002 (revised edition 2006); Volume 2, The Middle Ages, in 2003 (revised edition 2007); and Volume 3, Early Modern Times, in 2004. The final volume, The Modern Age, was published in 2006. She has also written a best-selling elementary writing program, Writing With Ease.

Susan is also the author of The Art of the Public Grovel (Princeton University Press) and many articles and reviews. Visit her blog at

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