The Usborne Book of World History is a simple world history book that provides an illustrated overview of world history through the early 20th century.
About The Usborne Book of World History
The Usborne Book of World History is a history resource book that includes the history of the world to 1914.
It is geared toward 1st through 4th graders and is on the Sonlight curriculum list for 1st and 2nd grade.
The book is written chronologically and colorfully illustrated. It includes cultural developments, discoveries, and world religions as well as political and military history. It portrays indigenous peoples realistically (i.e. sometimes unclothed).
The Usborne Book of World History is a great history resource book. It includes a lot of information and is not intended to be read in one sitting. The information is well arranged. Some of the images are graphic (i.e. people stabbed, chained, bludgeoned, enslaved, shot with arrows and bullets, axed, attacked by bears, lions, bulls and armies) as they accurately portray history. Some of the images also portray partial nudity as would have been seen in the time/culture.
I would definitely recommend previewing any pages prior to showing them to your child.
The book also has simple hands on activities included such as making a loom, a clay tablet, a fresco, a tiled mosaic and more.
As a whole, we really like Usborne books in our homeschool. This one is not our favorite, but it is a great resource book. We used it as a second grade book. My daughter enjoyed the section on the Egyptians. I often read the section and then paraphrased it.
Get Your Own
The Usborne Book of World History is available from your local Usborne consultant and on Amazon.
Check out our review of the Usborne Time Traveler book, too.