Review: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor

Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor
Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor by Susan Wise Bauer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A decent introduction to ancient history of young children. I fear that the book at times asks a bit too much of the audience for which it was written (1st graders, give or take), but it can be modified a bit to fit well. It can be used on a very simple level for the 1st grade audience and then used again in 5th grade when ancient history cycles back around in a typical classical curriculum. The issue here, however, is that it seems best written for children between these two grades. It is too difficult, I think, for most 1st graders and too easy, I think, for most 5th graders, so you will find yourself having to modify your use of the book no matter which year you use it should you keep to a classical curriculum.

That (relatively important) complaint aside, the book is very well written and does a good job of hitting the major points in history that children should be familiar with. Along with the companion volume of activities, this is a wonderful addition to the library of any homeschooling parent.

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