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Our Island Story Paperback – March 15, 2010
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H.E. Marshall's narrative style of writing is comparative to the late headmaster of Calvert School, V.M. Hillyer who penned "A Child's History of the World, A Child's Geography of the World and A Child's History of Art."
In "Our Island Story" Marshall retells the history of Britain in a narrative story format beginning with the legend of "Albion and Brutus" and ending with "Queen Victoria's Reign." The book has beautiful artwork by A.S. Forrest sprinkled throughout which enhances the story. Our child's favorite stories are "The Coming of Hengist and Horsa", "The Coming of Arthur", "The Founding of the Round Table", "How King Alfred Learned to Read", and "King Alfred in the Cowherd's Cottage." After reading the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table our child requested "The Sword in the Stone" by T.H. White for our read aloud time.
H.E. Marshall has written several other books which are an excellant follow up to "Our Island Story" including "Our Empire Story", "Scotland's Story" and "This Country of Ours."
I was compelled to especially review this edition by Phoenix Press. This is the edition you want! Full color illustrations and very high quality. The pages are nice, thick and glossy. Even after our many readings in this book the binding is still very tight and no pages are bent. I've looked around at other editions, and this one is definitely my favorite.