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One of the finest history books for children, this well-loved Hillyer classic features stories of world history from prehistoric man through the 20th century, inspiring an appreciation of how events relate to one another.

©2015 BN Publishing (P)2015 BN Publishing

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Gets better and better with every listen

If you could sum up A Child's History of the World in three words, what would they be?

This is a delightful retelling of history in a conversational style. At first, I was unimpressed by the narrator. I am a huge fan of storytellers with rich, dramatic voices, and this narrator just sounded like a pleasant dad with a warm voice reading a story to the family, not a professional oral interpreter of literature. I was so wrong! His voice and delivery are pitch-perfect for this. We used this for our history spine and I have listened to this audiobook on repeat for 100+ hours in the past 12 months. If they had chosen a narrator with a more striking voice, it truly would have worn out our listening ears. Instead, my kids beg for me to play this on all our car trips because the narrator just sounds like a dad would who loved history and wanted to share his enthusiasm with his kids. It was a brilliant choice.

What other book might you compare A Child's History of the World to and why?

Similar in scope to Susan Wise Bauer's "History for the Classical Child" series.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Missing chapter

I knew what to expect as far as the tone and content of the book but the reader made it sound even more condescending. Missing the chapter on the Renaissance.

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Too much God

Didn't make it very far into this book before I realized that it is a story about God making the stars and so forth. If you're looking for history of the world without an underlying message about God or religion this is not it.

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Sexist and outdated

We only made it through a few chapters before having to turn this off. I understand it was written in the wee moments after women were granted the right to vote, but it really was too painful to continue pausing the book to update pronouns or counter sexist, patronizing, and now archaic narratives. I wish we had read the reviews before buying this book. The narrator is ok. The same cannot be said for this book.

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  • 11-29-17

How epic this book is😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

I love this book because it is exciting and fun. Now I LOVE history!!!!!!#epic.This is a book that I would rexonend.

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