Mark’s 36 – The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 1 by Susan Wise Bauer(336 pages)

On a recent family road trip to Western Colorado we listened this book on cd as a part of our children’s homeschool curriculum.  While the intended audience of the book is for children, I thoroughly enjoyed the the recap of the history.

In volume 1, the book covers the time of the earliest nomads up until the fall of the Roman Empire.  The author and the audio narrator do an excellent job of making history come alive and seem relevant (which it is!).  The colorful retelling of major events and people kept the attention of my children and myself… as soon as we got in the car each time, one of my kids would say, “Can we please listen to the history book!”

A few minor complaints I have of the book are that it seemed very heavily weighted toward western civilizations… with only cursory details given about what was taking place in such places as Africa, east Asia, and the Americas.   I’m told that in the subsequent volumes of The Story of the World, the author goes into more detail in these areas of the world.

In conclusion, if you have children, I would recommend going through this book with them to give them an a good overview of history.  If you’re interested in a more ‘grown-up’ retelling of history, Susan Wise Bauer also authors a book entitled The History of The World.

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