The Cartoon History of the Universe: Volumes 1-7 Library Binding – September 1, 1997
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- Publisher : San Val (September 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 358 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1417710764
- ISBN-13 : 978-1417710768
- Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.6 x 8.6 x 1.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,787,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The is the next to the last volume of the series and a good read, with or without the companion volumes.
Now that the book is in its proper place, I should add that I enjoyed it immensely and went on to buy Volumes 2 and 3. (not on my office account though)The book starts with evolution of the earth and its creatures. The pictures were well done and the humor makes the factual material easier to remember.
The bulk of the book deals with the history of the human race. The author does not confine himself to European civilization. Two of my children read all three volumes, and I did not have to hassle them to do it. How often does this happen with other history texts? I am hoping to use their interest in some of the historical topics to encourage them to read other books. Each section of the Cartoon History contains a reference section for those who desire further reading.
Ideally this book should be a companion to serious textbooks on history. However, there are a lot of people who are unwilling and unable to absorb material from textbooks or lectures. People who are visual learners may be able to remember the pictures and the humor when they have trouble remembering college lecutres or long passages of text. I have recommended this and some other of the author's books to individuals who were having trouble with basic college classes.
IT WORKED. They're both avid history buffs, thanks to the entire Cartoon History series. (and know miles more than I do about history!)
These books were our foundation/entry homeschool history books starting from as soon as they could read them. Highly recommended.
The author doesn't sugar-coat history. At least I hope not because then history was more violent and petty than it already was. There are a couple of pages I suspect my late 1980's parents would have been uncomfortable with me reading when I was a kid. I grew up OK though, so I didn't worry about my son reading them on his own.
Top reviews from other countries
Worth every rupee!
Larry gonick should be handed an award for edutainment.