Ancient History: A Secular Exploration of the World

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Early Civilization

Ancient History: A Secular Exploration of the World: Volume 1
Author: Hanson, Stephanie and Hauris, Elizabeth
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Time Period: Early Civilization
Time Frame: 49,000 BCE-1200 CE
Geographic Area: Various
Country: Ancient Various
Topics: World History
Genre: Non Fiction
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2021

World History > Early Civilization

Explore the ancient world on a tour of the most beautiful, vibrant, and fascinating places people have called home. History Unboxed takes you outside the box of a traditional history curriculum, exploring cultures around the globe on a journey across six continents. Get to know the Jomon people of Japan, the African empire of Ghana, and the Olmecs of Mesoamerica, alongside history heavyweights such as the Greeks and Sumerians. Take a look at the past through a secular lens and go beyond dates and battles for an engaging, approachable, relatable journey into a story that belongs to all of us -- the history of peoples all over the world.

We want every child to love history, so we made this book with over 125 gorgeous photos, maps, and original art. A high-interest, engaging view of the past will draw your student in, while our expertly curated book lists and resources make it easy to explore further in areas where you and your student want to know more. Make your student's history book something they want to get their hands on.

Emily's Review

It is so exciting to see so many new secular resources hitting the market! As a long-time homeschooler, I wish these resources had been available to me when my children were smaller. This new series begins with the Ancient World. What sets it apart for me, is that it is the most diverse World History text I've seen thus far. It is also one of the prettiest, with full color art work and maps included in the text. This is a gorgeous book - with gold edges and a ribbon bookmark, it is stunning.

The authors have done a wonderful job of including often overlooked cultures like Aboriginal Australia, The Jomon, Olmecs, Chavin, and several African civilizations. They also discuss why some of those cultures are left out of so many history books.

There are also myths and stories included, along with additional booklists divided by age level to help you go further in your reading if you choose.

I read several chapters along with my 12-year-old daughter, as I wanted to get a kid's perspective on this new resource. We had some great discussions as we read and followed some rabbit trails to learn more about the Australian Aboriginal culture. She also loved the art that is included. It definitely helped to keep her attention. I think some of the writing can be a little bit dense, so I would say this book would be best for kids ages 10 and up. An older child will get far more out of the writing than a younger reader.

I look forward to seeing what the authors do with the rest of the series!

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