Big Ideas from History
A history of the world for you
by The School of Life
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Pub Date 28 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 08 Jun 2023
An engaging, inclusive history of the world for children, where feelings, curiosity, and facts blend together
Big Ideas from History is the story of what has happened through time - in a voice that speaks directly to a child's growing mind, helping them make vast connections between time and place, and their own place within history.
What might the dinosaurs or the ancient Egyptians, the Aztec warriors or the Enlightenment thinkers of the 18th century tell us that could be interesting and useful to hear now? This book is a big history of the world, from the beginnings of the universe to now, which places the reader at its center. It encourages children to think about how they experience the world and offers a helpful perspective by placing their thoughts and feelings in the context of our history and evolution.
Big Ideas From History asks the reader to imagine a world they would like to live in. What might they learn from self-knowledge? How can they grow, develop and create their own place in history? Charming, thoughtful, and written with warmth and intelligence, this is the perfect gift for the curious child.
- BIG IDEAS FROM HISTORY: Spanning the ages in an easy-to-follow way, this latest edition to the "Big Ideas" series covers Prehistory, Ancient History, The Middle Ages, Industrialization, The Modern World and The Future.
- KIDS WILL LOVE ENGAGING WITH THIS BOOK: As one example, readers young and old alike can ponder items like "What the ideal school would be like" or "How to teach people to be great at telling jokes" in the section titled "Big Questions We Don't Know the Answer For (Yet)".
- WRITTEN FOR KIDS: Makes history fascinating and relevant to children and renders complicated material accessible to a younger audience without condescension.
- CONVERSATION WILL FLOW BETWEEN CHILDREN AND THEIR GROWN-UPS: An engaging way to open up conversations between adults and children about thoughts and feelings.
- BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS BY ANNA DOHERTY: We see two characters traversing the history of the world, bringing it vibrantly to life.
- FOLLOW UP TO THE BEST-SELLING BIG IDEAS FOR CURIOUS MINDS
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Average rating from 7 members
I love the way that it links big ideas from history to the everyday lives of children, making history relevant to everyone and showing how history helps us to understand ourselves and others around us. It's also beautifully illustrated.
What a great, enthralling book about world history geared to young people! It's expertly organized and does a good job of including significant events from around the world. I loved that it didn't shy away from some of the controversial topics (at least here in the US) like world religions and evolution. There are very key and powerful concepts that are explained through some very relevant examples in everyday life.
While this may be for a younger audience, I would never hesitate to recommend it to any adult who a) may not feel they received the history education they deserve, or b) needs to brush up on what they may not remember. It may even be a good book to read together with the younger people in your life, and not just if you are a teacher. There is a lot of depth here that could add to good family discussions and may bring a sense of intellectualism to discussions with them.
I'm sure some kids may recognize the fact that this was not directly written for American kids (for some the use of "mum" may give it away) but I don't think that will stop them or that they will find it any less accessible. It may even be something that could be beneficial, for it doesn't matter who's telling the story when that story is all of ours.