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This spirited reading of the first in Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World history series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times. Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the his This spirited reading of the first in Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World history series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times. Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of the ancient world. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World weaves world history into a storybook format. This volume covers the major historical events of the years 1850 to the late 1990s, from the reign of England's Queen Victoria to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. This Story of the World audiobook is a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice has been described as “liquid gold” (CNN-TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as “timeless and intelligent” (Publishers Weekly). It may be used along with the print books (The Story of the World Volume 4 Text Book, Activity Book, and Tests; each sold separately), as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or independently. Approximately 12 hours on 11 CDs.


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This spirited reading of the first in Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World history series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times. Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the his This spirited reading of the first in Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World history series brings to life the stories and records of the peoples of ancient times. Now more than ever, other countries and customs affect our everyday lives-and our children need to learn about the people who live all around the globe. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of the ancient world. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World weaves world history into a storybook format. This volume covers the major historical events of the years 1850 to the late 1990s, from the reign of England's Queen Victoria to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. This Story of the World audiobook is a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice has been described as “liquid gold” (CNN-TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as “timeless and intelligent” (Publishers Weekly). It may be used along with the print books (The Story of the World Volume 4 Text Book, Activity Book, and Tests; each sold separately), as a supplement to a traditional history curriculum, or independently. Approximately 12 hours on 11 CDs.

30 review for Story of the World, Vol. 4 Audiobook: History for the Classical Child: The Modern Age

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    It all started with the introduction. Susan Wise Bauer starts this work with an introduction (like she does with the others) and I was disturbed. It's just a page or two, but it bothered me. The tone communicates these opening words were written at the end of a long, difficult project (which I am sure this was). Perhaps she was too rushed. But after I got over her strong exhortation not to expose a child younger than 4th grade to this material, this is what bothered me: 1) What she said was histo It all started with the introduction. Susan Wise Bauer starts this work with an introduction (like she does with the others) and I was disturbed. It's just a page or two, but it bothered me. The tone communicates these opening words were written at the end of a long, difficult project (which I am sure this was). Perhaps she was too rushed. But after I got over her strong exhortation not to expose a child younger than 4th grade to this material, this is what bothered me: 1) What she said was historically incorrect. She references a revolution-despotism cycle as inevitable. Yet, the American Revolution did not lead (at least not immediately) to a dictatorial form of government. Is it the exception? Perhaps. Seeing as the audience is primarily North American and we are coming to this introduction having just studied the American Revolution, her assertion struck me as odd at best, inaccurate at worst. Of course, we also hear of the revolution of Canada and it's quest to govern itself within the commonwealth early in this volume. Again, no tyranny there either. Hmmm.... 2) What she said was theologically shallow. The tone of the introduction reflected a despair common to post-modern times. Was Bauer that discouraged, wearied, and despondent about what she had written? And if so, do we want to read/ listen to it? Here the lack of Church History in her coverage of the world is notable. For the only true hope of the world is Jesus himself. Her thoughts reminded me of Ecclesiastes 12:12b-14 "... Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,whether it is good or evil." It got worse from there. Capitalism is an exploitative system in Bauer's world, and investors are particularly predatory, not to mention philanthropists who all made their money through oppression and give back to the community merely to assuage their pervasive guilt. While an all-glory-to-the-USDollar approach would have been equally disturbing, the lack of acknowledgment of how a free market system has contributed to the prosperity of individual Americans as well as our international influence was disturbing - especially when so many other communist, socialist states are covered. Nor does she include the massive innovations in technology that the free market system fostered. FDRs New Deal is far to favorably endorsed-to the point of erroneously being credited with pulling the country out of the Depression, an assertion few believe. I found the chapter on Kennedy concerning. The author rhapsodizes about his idyllic image and how his assassination forced people to face America's challenges. In order to further the prospect of a Kennedy America at peace, chapters preceding the assassination are upbeat (especially for this installment!), and rather negative after - even though many of these topical matters (such as the civil rights movement) predated Kennedy and continued beyond his presidency. I find it hard to believe American's didn't feel the tension of segregation and Jim Crow laws prior to Kennedy's unexpected death -- or that people were oblivious to the Cold War! Speaking of the Cold War. Bauer didn't seem to ever clarify that the Soviets violated their agreements with the US after WWII and instead of retreating to liberate countries (as the Allies faithfully did), they annexed them. Instead, she spends a lot of time talking about how Americans were 'afraid' of the Soviets as if this was a mere emotional perception or diplomatic misunderstanding. Yet, she doesn't present the Soviet's 'fear' of the Americans. Why? I found myself wanting to tally these terms to get a count. I also thought events in the Middle East were a bit lopsided. It's good to get the Arab point of view on Palestine across, but the Bauer never questions WHY a Palestinian state wasn't formed by Arabs when they had the chance, nor does she explain why the Palestinian refugee crises persists instead of surrounding Arab countries absorbing the displaced (as has happened with numerous other conflicts throughout history)? This is not to say their weren't high points. I liked the coverage of the decay of the Ottoman Empire and how it affected the balance of power throughout Europe, the brutal transformation of the Belgian Congo to Zaire, the Iranian rebellion, the intricate failures of country partitions, and the discussion of nuclear power. I consider this series a good supplement but not a main event. Sometimes I think Bauer, like many who have spent much time in books, is too smart in the worldly pursuits for her own good. She loses theological footing and needs to be drawn away from world history to Biblical Study, to re-orientate, reset, and try to approach the material from a Biblical perspective that attempts to perceive how God is moving in the midst of man's foibles and horrors. Discussions of the role missionaries played in freedom movements through the post-colonial world, language transcription and translation efforts as well as humanitarian aid movements that brought massive transfers of wealth and people from the West to third world countries -- all initiatives in which Christians played major roles -- would have gone a long way to presenting hope. Without this, we are in danger of teaching ourselves and our children to despair, just like the world around us. This despair is hard to miss in light of the change in style. Throughout the series, Bauer has used story to engage us with the historical account, and while there are some glimmers of her whimsical style coming through, by her own admission, she had to eliminate much of that type of content due to the graphic nature of modern time destruction and cruelty. This gives the account a more rigid feeling than previous installments. Finally, I have noticed that the closer you get to modern times, the more difficult it is to agree with another person's perception of the historical record. While we have enough perspective to declare authoritatively that the Peloponnese War weakened the Greek city states, we are still debating the merits of a free market economy, nuclear power and whether or not American influence in the world is positive. Our personal connection to these events renders us far more opinionated about recent Presidents, or even FDR or JFK, than we are about Alexander the Great (who was responsible for a lot of warring and conquering). In previous installments, I was content with Bauer's presentation as "good enough," but in Volume III: The Early Modern Age, we started to diverge and now in Volume IV, I find our journey together uncomfortable at best and can no longer recommend her path to others. In fact, I was relieved when we were finished. Ultimately, I have discovered Story of the World to be a secular series for Christians. It won't attack your faith or demean it like many secular history accounts will, and that has value to educating our children. However, it also will not particularly strengthen your faith or inspire you with God's movement through history or the lives of the saints who have gone before. I am in pursuit of a world history for children that both respects and inspires.... I have recently discovered a title that contradicts the robber baron mentality of Bauer's coverage of Gilded Age entrepreneurship. See, The Myth of the Robber Baron, Folsom, 1991 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Want to start at the beginning of the series, see The Story of the World: Ancients, Wise Bauer, 2006 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Bauer's Story of the World continues to be excellent (and Jim Weiss continues to be a great narrator). I ignored the recommendation to only use the book with kids 4th grade and up, and for the first 3/4 of the material, I think that was a good decision for our family. But I did stop a few chapters early--we made it past WWII, but didn't go much further. When we make it back to this book in 4 years, I think all my girls will be much more able to understand. This book was *supposed* to last us all Bauer's Story of the World continues to be excellent (and Jim Weiss continues to be a great narrator). I ignored the recommendation to only use the book with kids 4th grade and up, and for the first 3/4 of the material, I think that was a good decision for our family. But I did stop a few chapters early--we made it past WWII, but didn't go much further. When we make it back to this book in 4 years, I think all my girls will be much more able to understand. This book was *supposed* to last us all year for history. Clearly that didn't happen. So we'll be adding in other history books for the rest of the year to finish things out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ava

    The Ambleside Online schedule had me reading a ton per week, and it was A LOT. And some of it is boring, and some parts it's like, I just don't care. But certain parts inspired very good conversations with Dad, who loves history and watches all sorts of documentaries on this kind of thing, and he told me a lot of things that the book didn't tell me that makes it so much more interesting. It's not so much the book itself, but what I learned from talking about it... That probably doesn't make too The Ambleside Online schedule had me reading a ton per week, and it was A LOT. And some of it is boring, and some parts it's like, I just don't care. But certain parts inspired very good conversations with Dad, who loves history and watches all sorts of documentaries on this kind of thing, and he told me a lot of things that the book didn't tell me that makes it so much more interesting. It's not so much the book itself, but what I learned from talking about it... That probably doesn't make too much sense, but it made me like the book a little more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    M.K. (Megan) Laffin

    Wonderful, detailed history curriculum. I have been doing this curriculum since I was very young and it had always been very understandable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I really loved this modern history volume of Story of the World. I have not read the others, but this was a very interesting and informative and quite readable look at more recent ‘historical’ events. And a great discussion starter about many of the current events in our world today and why conflict is still on-going in so many areas of the world. Read for our homeschool history.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter Krol

    This was not nearly as interesting as the first three volumes, except for the fact that the history was much more recent. But Bauer unfortunately abandons her usual narrative style for a more matter-of-fact style. I'm glad I listened to this audio book along with the others, but I probably won't return to this volume as I do to the others. This was not nearly as interesting as the first three volumes, except for the fact that the history was much more recent. But Bauer unfortunately abandons her usual narrative style for a more matter-of-fact style. I'm glad I listened to this audio book along with the others, but I probably won't return to this volume as I do to the others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erin Milham

    Yes this is a school book, but I'm going to count it towards my reading goal because of how much effort I put into it this year. It was slow going but it gives a really good overview of the last 200 years. Yes this is a school book, but I'm going to count it towards my reading goal because of how much effort I put into it this year. It was slow going but it gives a really good overview of the last 200 years.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    My kids and I always look forward to reading history. We have really enjoyed these books so much.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Ray

    When I first started homeschooling, I was really into The Story of the World. It was the first history that I used, unless you count Christian Liberty Press’s History for Little Pilgrims. If you go back into the archives of my blog into about 2012 and 2013, you will see that we did a great many activities and had fun as we read through the first two volumes of the story. We also read through volume three, but my children didn’t find volume three as compelling at the time, so I put volume four on When I first started homeschooling, I was really into The Story of the World. It was the first history that I used, unless you count Christian Liberty Press’s History for Little Pilgrims. If you go back into the archives of my blog into about 2012 and 2013, you will see that we did a great many activities and had fun as we read through the first two volumes of the story. We also read through volume three, but my children didn’t find volume three as compelling at the time, so I put volume four on my bookcase, thinking that perhaps one day we would work through it. Late this summer, as my oldest son, who is 12, and I were looking for independent work for him to do separate from our whole families’ schoolwork, he picked the fourth volume off the shelf of options for him to work through. So, I began working through The Story of the World (Volume 4): The Modern Age with him. It was his fall semester “study with Mom.” We would read 2 or 3 chapters a week and discuss the chapters, find places on the map and sometimes put events in our book of centuries. We kept it light and did not do any formal narration or writing with it, and we ended up really enjoying working through this volume of history. This volume, if you’re wondering about where it covers, begins during the reign of Queen Victoria and covers from Queen Victoria all the way to Nelson Mandela. The volume cuts off in the 1990s, which is interesting because, as we read about the First Persian Gulf war, I would explain to my son that I was actually his age when I watched the coverage of the war on CNN. (As a side note, how creepy is it to realize that we essentially watched that war on television?) I realized that events in my lifetime didn’t really feel like history to me, even though a few of them have truly passed into history. This volume is wide ranging, as Bauer attempts to cover events on all continents, and that makes it difficult to condense into a cohesive story. I think that, perhaps, is why the books lose their charm in the later volumes. It can be difficult to keep up with events in India or South America as you go through and visit them every couple of chapters, but in the end, I find that reading this volume deepens my perception of global history and how what is done in each part of the world effects the other parts, and that is huge when we begin to study the world wars and to understand modern events. Because of the complexity of the material and the difficulty in transitioning from one place to another and back again, I would not recommend this volume for children under 10. At twelve, Bennett was the perfect age to absorb and connect the information, but he wasn’t too old to be beyond the material. I do not know when or if I will use this book with my 11 year old, but I do plan to use this book again with at least one of my younger two during their middle school years. As always, I asked Bennett for his perspective on the whole book as we finished with it yesterday. He said: "I would give this book 4 stars. I really like how history plays out in the book, but a lot of bad stuff happens in modern history. It’s like we just get worse as time goes on". He definitely picks up on the note of pragmatism and despair that tinges Bauer’s own introduction to this volume of history. We have hope in the next revolution, but as we all carry the evil of sin in our hearts, a new government or revolution is often just a perpetrator of more violence and injustice against a new group. We really do practice perpetual war in the hopes of perpetual peace. Yet, peace cannot be made by us, and so the cycle goes on. In retrospect, this would have been a good history book to have paired with a Biblical study of the book of Judges, as modern history truly teaches us what happens when people do what is right in their own eyes. This is truly an excellent history volume, and its only truly negative is the difficulty incurred in trying to remember all the people groups and countries that she discusses from chapter to chapter. I would probably give it closer to 4.5 stars, except Goodreads doesn't let you rate in 1/2 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Meyers

    I loved Bauer's first and second volumes and almost loved the third. As the volumes get older and more to modern times, I find them more fact-filled, and therefore not as memorable. In her concision and clarity, she loses some of the memorable beauty of story-telling in her latter two volumes. She does give that disclaimer about this book, and it's true. I also thought she came across a little bit too liberal politically for my taste: I'm not sure if she is liberal or if she was just trying to b I loved Bauer's first and second volumes and almost loved the third. As the volumes get older and more to modern times, I find them more fact-filled, and therefore not as memorable. In her concision and clarity, she loses some of the memorable beauty of story-telling in her latter two volumes. She does give that disclaimer about this book, and it's true. I also thought she came across a little bit too liberal politically for my taste: I'm not sure if she is liberal or if she was just trying to be objective. I bet the latter. Because for example, she DID include the horrors of the Holocaust, but then turned around, and came across way too sympathetic for the Palestinians in the establishment of a Jewish nation. Watch PragerU. Dennis Prager explains how there could be peace today with the Palestinians, but they don't want it. She also credits FDR for pulling the country out of the Depression, which may be how it seemed at the time, but Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt says that you should consider the long-term effects of your economic decisions, and FDR more than probably any other president ruined our country with debt, bloated government, and the income tax!! She was a little weird about JFK, too, as if the country changed after his death. The country did change, for sure, after the 60s, but I thought it was strange to tie that to JFK's assassination? Anyway. She did a great job at helping to explain the whole Balkan mess and WW1. Unfortunately, I still can't remember why in the world there was a WW1!! I don't know of a better resource for kids, though, so this will still be our choice the next time around. I like all of the activity guide helps as well!! My boys will be done with this in October. They're reading on their own--immersion reading with the audio--and I listened to the audio ahead of them, so I knew what they were learning and I could learn as well. However, I often thought that I would have better retention if I read it myself rather than just listening.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Congetta

    My son and I listened to this in the car while taking him to school. The chapters are 5-10 minutes long, so it doesn't take a long time. But we did listen over many months. I think that I would listen again, but over a shorter period of time. Certain themes really begin to jump our at you. It is a great way to get a foundation for modern history. Essentially, most of the world were made colonies by the western 1st world countries. The people that lived in the colonies were generally not treated My son and I listened to this in the car while taking him to school. The chapters are 5-10 minutes long, so it doesn't take a long time. But we did listen over many months. I think that I would listen again, but over a shorter period of time. Certain themes really begin to jump our at you. It is a great way to get a foundation for modern history. Essentially, most of the world were made colonies by the western 1st world countries. The people that lived in the colonies were generally not treated well contrary to the PR and they wanted to govern themselves. Eventually most got to govern themselves and when they did their new (native) leaders were no better, sometimes better or sometimes worse than the colonial powers. All people in power can become corrupt if the countries don't have the proper checks and balances in place. Also, pretty obvious that the newly free countries were still beholden to the former colonial owners as they wanted to "modernize" which of course required them to take money from their former owners and this allowed them to get in great debt in order to "help" their fellow citizens. Note to self: beware of people saying you can govern yourself as long as you choose to govern their way and they offer to loan you money as there are always consequences in addition to paying back the loan. Note to parents: though SWB's book isn't that grimly written, I have been reading a lot of history alongside this book-mainly from WW 1 to the early 2000's. You begin to see how ordinary people can be taken advantage of by leaders who desperately want to let their inner tyrant out and rule over their own people. The last couple years now make more sense. Follow the money to see what is really going on...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katja Labonté

    4 stars & 4/10 books. This is the best of the series. It has little “talking down to children,” it’s interesting, it’s humorous, it’s well-written, and it’s honest, but it’s not overwhelming. I was irritated by the attitude towards the British (making them sound stupid & nasty), but she did admit that the Americans messed up too. There were a couple times when she spelled “god” with a capital G when speaking of the Muslim & Sikh god. I enjoy reading this book and read it for pleasure.  A Favourit 4 stars & 4/10 books. This is the best of the series. It has little “talking down to children,” it’s interesting, it’s humorous, it’s well-written, and it’s honest, but it’s not overwhelming. I was irritated by the attitude towards the British (making them sound stupid & nasty), but she did admit that the Americans messed up too. There were a couple times when she spelled “god” with a capital G when speaking of the Muslim & Sikh god. I enjoy reading this book and read it for pleasure.  A Favourite Humorous Quote: “[The Japanese army] offered to smuggle [the dethroned Chinese emperor]  into Manchuria [where] he could become the emperor of a Japanese Empire in China, called Manchukuo. Puyi accepted[, so the officers put him on a ship, landed him in Manchuria, and] immediately announced that Puyi would be the Chief Executive off the new country Manchukuo. “Nobody was particularly happy about this. The Chinese said that Manchukuo was an unreal country, a fairy tale, and that Puyi was a traitor. Puyi was indignant, because he had thought he would be made emperor. “Chief Executive” was not nearly as interesting a job. The Japanese government in Tokyo was unhappy with the army’s actions—but was afraid of too much resistance…. China appealed to the League of Nations. The League of Nations, after hearing the whole story[,] announced that Japan was at fault, and should withdraw from China. Instead, Japan simply left the League of Nations. But both Italy and Germany (neither of which was very fond of the League of Nations) agreed to recognize the new country of Manchukuo as a real nation.”

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori Scheffler

    I find it very difficult to pick a star rating. I loved using this as the basis for our homeschool history curriculum. Its breadth is laudable and nearly every day I said to myself, "Why didn't I learn this in school?!" There is so much covered and we loved diving into the topics that intrigued us the most. Therein lies my rub. We found inaccuracies when we dug. The biggest I found was in reference to Nikita Khruschev where the author combined two incidents separated by 4 years into one incident I find it very difficult to pick a star rating. I loved using this as the basis for our homeschool history curriculum. Its breadth is laudable and nearly every day I said to myself, "Why didn't I learn this in school?!" There is so much covered and we loved diving into the topics that intrigued us the most. Therein lies my rub. We found inaccuracies when we dug. The biggest I found was in reference to Nikita Khruschev where the author combined two incidents separated by 4 years into one incident rendering them both innacurate. In an earlier volume I had noticed another inaccuracy after diving deeper on our own so this second one caused me to question her sources. That's when I realized there are no bibliography or references listed anywhere. Normally I would say this omission is unforgivable in a history text. However, it must not be, because I plan to continue to use this text to study history with my younger kids in years to come, just taking it with a grain of salt.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna Hepworth

    I made so many annoyed notes as I read through this book. I'm not going to replicate them here, but summarise a few key points: * This book is so frustrating, because many countries go unmentioned -- pretty much those with wars (civil or otherwise), or violent changes of government get mentioned. * Such a geographical and political/warfare based view of history gives an unbalanced feeling, such that there is no nation building without bloodshed. As an example, Ned Kelly gets multiple pages, while I made so many annoyed notes as I read through this book. I'm not going to replicate them here, but summarise a few key points: * This book is so frustrating, because many countries go unmentioned -- pretty much those with wars (civil or otherwise), or violent changes of government get mentioned. * Such a geographical and political/warfare based view of history gives an unbalanced feeling, such that there is no nation building without bloodshed. As an example, Ned Kelly gets multiple pages, while Australian Federation is limited to a mention in the timeline in the appendices. * The very last chapter glosses over a large amount of African history so fast, with barely a mention of a handful of countries. This is in keeping with the treatment of Asia and South America, where many countries are not mentioned at all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adam Calvert

    Susan Wise Bauer concluded her series excellently. Though the content in this fourth volume seems to be nothing other than war after war, she does a great job of explaining many of the details and background leading up to these political and military eruptions. As usual, for the audio Jim Weiss was an excellent narrator for the book. There is something comforting about his voice even - strangely enough - when he's reading about war. It was a good series, and a great conclusion. I look forward to w Susan Wise Bauer concluded her series excellently. Though the content in this fourth volume seems to be nothing other than war after war, she does a great job of explaining many of the details and background leading up to these political and military eruptions. As usual, for the audio Jim Weiss was an excellent narrator for the book. There is something comforting about his voice even - strangely enough - when he's reading about war. It was a good series, and a great conclusion. I look forward to when there's been enough passage of time for her to write even a fifth volume, if our Lord tarries and so wills.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lee Leslie

    We've read this whole series aloud with the kids as part of homeschooling, and it's a much more global perspective on history than I was exposed to as a public school kid in the '80s and '90s. However, there are some real missteps, and I felt it was always important to supplement with things like Howard Zinn. The most egregious example I can remember is that the author goes out of her way to talk about Robert E. Lee's opposition to slavery during one of the Civil War chapters — which is complete We've read this whole series aloud with the kids as part of homeschooling, and it's a much more global perspective on history than I was exposed to as a public school kid in the '80s and '90s. However, there are some real missteps, and I felt it was always important to supplement with things like Howard Zinn. The most egregious example I can remember is that the author goes out of her way to talk about Robert E. Lee's opposition to slavery during one of the Civil War chapters — which is completely baffling until you read that she's from Virginia.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the 4th book of the 4-volume series. I loved them all and purchased the 4 book set to read again and use for future reference. Ms. Bauer has a great talent for portraying history (a subject I loathed as a child) in an interesting and informative manner. I would highly recommend to anyone (young and old) who would like to learn about some of the world's most significant historical moments. This is the 4th book of the 4-volume series. I loved them all and purchased the 4 book set to read again and use for future reference. Ms. Bauer has a great talent for portraying history (a subject I loathed as a child) in an interesting and informative manner. I would highly recommend to anyone (young and old) who would like to learn about some of the world's most significant historical moments.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    This is a great series for a basic history of the world. Written for children, but also great to just use as a reference. I really liked that the books focus on the entire world-not just the West. Definitely worth the read-and I'm giving extra stars for even attempting to write a basic quick-moving world history. Nothing too in-depth, but a great survey for anyone who wants to just cement some timelines in their brain. This is a great series for a basic history of the world. Written for children, but also great to just use as a reference. I really liked that the books focus on the entire world-not just the West. Definitely worth the read-and I'm giving extra stars for even attempting to write a basic quick-moving world history. Nothing too in-depth, but a great survey for anyone who wants to just cement some timelines in their brain.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dedra ~ A Book Wanderer

    I was actually sad to be finishing the final Story of the World with my youngest son. We've enjoyed all the books, especially studying history chronologically. I think these books are great jumping off points. We always add to our study of history by reading historical fiction that coincides with what we're studying, which helps to bring it down to a more personal level. I was actually sad to be finishing the final Story of the World with my youngest son. We've enjoyed all the books, especially studying history chronologically. I think these books are great jumping off points. We always add to our study of history by reading historical fiction that coincides with what we're studying, which helps to bring it down to a more personal level.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Not as story-like as the other volumes (which is why i gave it four stars instead of five) but EXCELLENT as a history spine for elementary students. Does a great job of connecting all the different events of history in one understandable narrative.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I really really liked this book. I would read it again! (possibly...) I was reading it for homeschool, and liked it for that matter, but the only thing is I'm a HUGE HUUGE fairy tale girl, so not my EXACT fave. I really really liked this book. I would read it again! (possibly...) I was reading it for homeschool, and liked it for that matter, but the only thing is I'm a HUGE HUUGE fairy tale girl, so not my EXACT fave.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    These are good history retellings that are relatively easy to follow and interesting. The best part are the maps that go with each section. It's so hard to find the right kind of map for a certain period in history. These are good history retellings that are relatively easy to follow and interesting. The best part are the maps that go with each section. It's so hard to find the right kind of map for a certain period in history.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I still appreciate the world view of history that is presented. I think certain events could have been expanded on and others eliminated, though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    Recommended for 4th grade and up although my 7 and 9 year olds both enjoyed the audio book. I listened with them and checked in often after the warning.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mariah H

    Very well written. Very easy to understand. I highly recommend for children.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Read aloud for 2019/2020 school year

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Simple overview of world events starting with Victoria's reign and ending with Nelson Mandela. Simple overview of world events starting with Victoria's reign and ending with Nelson Mandela.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    Great resource Well written and easily accessible and understandable... engaging for all ages and brings into scope a large breath of history.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Violet Bleger

    I loved this book. Even though I read it for school, it was so so good. Every chapter is so insightful and knowledgeable. It is just a great history book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sean McGowan

    Overall this was a good, simple survey for young children. I had my quibbles, but it was an engaging book for sure.

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