A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great book. This is how history should be told. The history of the world, from Creation to World War II, is told a series of stories. The author doesn’t shy away from telling history as he understands it. This is especially true when he gets to the history he lived through. Yet, in the final chapter of the book, he goes back and corrects things that he later felt like he misunderstood at the time of living through it.
The book is written for younger children, maybe 9-11, but I read it aloud to my older children (13 and 16) and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you have younger children, this is a great book to read to them each morning as part of your homeschool. The chapters are brief, and there are only forty of them, so you can get through the whole thing in about two months’ time. It is actually a part of a larger series of books, the “A Little History…” series, so you can move on from this one to the one on science or art. That is what I am planning to do with my children.
Although…honestly…my kids are just an excuse for me to read these books.
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