Saturday, October 22, 2011

Big Book of History from Master Books®

bigbookofhistory Several weeks ago, I received something really cool in my mailbox.  It looks like this ===>

It’s called Big Book of History and it comes to us from one of my very favorite Christian publishers of educational materials – Master Books.

At first glance, you’ll think this large hard-bound item is just a book – but it’s so much more!  While you are certainly welcome to turn the pages and look at this like you would a regular book, you are also able to open up the entire thing and spread it out like a timeline (a 15 foot timeline, to be exact)!

Now, I need to insert a little homeschooling confession here ---
My kids do not like creating timelines.  And while the thought of them really appeals to me, I have to admit that I’ve not been too fond of the timelines we’ve done.  We’ve tried 3x5 card timelines and notebooking timelines.  The next format I was going to try was an online timeline.  I could just see my girls looking at me and rolling their eyes though. 

So, when the Big Book of History arrived at my door, I was excited!  This book/timeline covers 6,000 years of history, starting with the days of creation and working up to the year 2,010 (when “President Barack Obama declares the U.S. is no longer a Christian Nation”).  The pages are in full-color, making this timeline very visually appealing.  It is divided into color-coded lines, representing four different areas of history – Biblical/Christian, World Events, Inventions/Technology, and Civilizations/Empires – yet tying them all together in one great resource.

Since we have started back with ancient history again this year, this book will be a must-have resource for us for many years to come!  I’m excited about it because we can pull it out and refer to it whenever we want to (daily, even!) and I don’t have to listen to my kids complain!

While the Big Book of History is geared toward ages 7 – 13, I’d venture to guess that your older kids (and you) will get just as much enjoyment out of this book.  It sells for $19.99 and is well worth the price, as it’ll make a great addition to any homeschool bookshelf or church library.

If I didn’t describe it well enough, maybe this video will help:

NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from Master Books and New Leaf Publishing Group.  I was under no obligation to write a review. I only share products that I feel are of good quality and worthy of my reader’s attention.

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