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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Series: Kingfisher Encyclopedias
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Third Edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753468751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753468753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-Concise and intriguing, these entries are arranged in chronological sections ("The Middle Ages, 1101-1460," "The World at War, 1914-1949") that open with an overview of the period and present approximately 25 chapter spreads each on various events and figures of the era. The material covers from the ancient world to today and includes snippets on the success of Alexander the Great, the Viking longships design that was created to ward off evil, Florence Nightingale's response to serving in the Crimean War, the birth of the United States, the Cold War, and space exploration. Each chapter features a box listing key dates and pages are capped by a time line that will keep readers in tune with the progress of change. The numerous color illustrations per page include captioned maps and photographs or (on the pages covering earlier times) illustrations of places, artifacts, events, and people. Each section concludes with a deeper look at the arts, architecture, and science and technology of the time. With an engaging writing style and colorful and informative images, this book will have a general appeal that will extend beyond report usage.--Beth McGuire, Hempfield Area School District, Greensburg, PA α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

This edition of The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia features minor updates to the 2004 revision. The text begins with an introduction and an explanation of what is history. The content is arranged chronologically in 10 sections, from The Ancient World (40,000–500 BC) to The Modern World (1950–Present Day), and then thematically within each of the time periods. Each section starts with an At a Glance entry, offering a brief overview of the time period via a global map and boxed areas highlighting key events on the various continents. Succeeding entries appear on a single or double-page spread. All of the sections, except for The Modern World, conclude with entries on The Arts, Architecture, and Science and Technology. (The Modern World section concludes with an entry on the War on Terror.) A time line indicating the appropriate time period runs along the top of each page spread and will be helpful for students in tracking places and events. Many entries feature boxed areas highlighting key dates. This text offers a global perspective. Shoguns and Samurai; Venice; Aztecs and Incas; and The Khmer Empire are some of the subjects covered in the section on the Middle Ages. The visually appealing layout includes color images, such as photographs and maps, on every page and features annotations that offer detailed information. The updates in this edition include mention of the execution of Saddam Hussein and the killing of Osama Bin Laden as well as the inclusion of terrorist attacks occurring since the previous edition. The book concludes with an index, acknowledgments, and a “Ready Reference” section, which offers listings of various dynasties, rulers, and popes, followed by a chronological listing of major wars and a brief list of Internet links for further research. This updated edition would be useful as a homework support for school and public libraries, especially those that own the previous edition. In addition, its appealing and colorful layout and accessible information will lend it to casual browsing by students and adults. Grades 5-12. --Maren Ostergard

Customer Reviews

It has great information and very colorful and interesting pictures.
E. B. Brock
The children love to just pick it up and look through it and their questions always lead to great conversation.
Jodi
We really enjoy this book as a supplement to our homeschool history curriculum.
Jacqueline Renee

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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By John Strickland on October 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am not a big specialist in world history, but I know well my own (Russian) history. I was surprised with the content selection for the encyclopedia. Not the best choice and always something about terrible Russian winter. "And then Napoleon came but could not stand the Russian winter"... Or "Then Hitler came but could not stand the Russian winter"... Russian soldiers in the fields of course can stand Russian winters. They are covered in fur, like polar bears, so the Russian winter does not scare them at all. And with all the possibilities they could come up in case of Catherine the Great (the Great, it means something) they chose to illustrate... with the poverty of peasants. Great! They could not even research a Russian folk costume and dressed a man in a long shirt with no pants (in the snow, during the terrible Russian winter) and a German-looking hat...
Really, I cannot trust the with the history of other countries, when I know that they did such a bad job with mine.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. B. Brock on January 10, 2013
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This is a supplememt to our homeschool history class. It has great information and very colorful and interesting pictures. The only drawback is that the drawn portraits tend to all look alike and not quite as accurate as they should be. Otherwise, great for all ages, but some may need help with the reading depending on their age and skill. It's better than Usborne's world history and less problematic with the pictures.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jodi on March 25, 2013
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We use this as a learning tool and great resource for homeschooling. The children love to just pick it up and look through it and their questions always lead to great conversation. I highly recommend this for anyone young and old alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Renee on February 24, 2014
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We really enjoy this book as a supplement to our homeschool history curriculum. The pictures are great and the information is well written for children about ages 8-12.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandi on May 26, 2014
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There simply is almost nothing new in this edition! Not worth getting the updated edition IF you have the previous version.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Babe Wisler on March 13, 2013
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We purchased this book to go along with our son's homeschool program. I am a huge fan of the Internet, but we wanted him to hav experience in finding information in an actual book, rather than only searching virtually. The pictures, illustrations, and text are well done and we are very happy with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Jones on November 1, 2013
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My son is 8 years old. I bought it for him as a general reference on history. It is great for giving a short and interesting narrative of events. The language is quite advanced for my son so it is best to be available to assist them at his age. The nice thing is that when he is reading a book and it makes a historical reference, he can look it up and get a good understand of what the book is talking about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mena on March 28, 2013
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the kingfisher history encyclopedia is a good illustrated history book for children and a good illustrated reference book for adult.
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