Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition

Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition

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Item #: 003618
ISBN: 9780753468753
Grades: 4-10

Product Description:

We looked at several different alternatives before selecting this volume as a basic world history reference book. As with any secular product, we contend with the "dating" problems (the book dates the beginning of history at 40,000 B.C.), and evolutionary references. However, the book is an excellent reference with many outstanding features:

  • It's all in one book (491 pgs) making it a handy reference for studies of any and all time periods.
  • The paper is nice and thick, designed to tolerate years of "wear and tear".
  • Chronologically-arranged and cross- referenced articles.
  • Over 2000 colorful illustrations, including photographs and charts as well as annotated maps.
  • A handy reference section at the back of the book that has lists of national leaders throughout history; wars; and explorations/discoveries.
  • The comprehensive indexing makes it easy to quickly find the information or related articles you need.

This book replaced the old Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World a number of years ago. Although similar, there are some differences in this new book. Curriculums that refer to the original book may not correspond exactly to the replacement version. We think this will be a volume you will use again and again, not just for world history studies, but for unit studies of all kinds.

Publisher Description:

Kingfisher's encyclopedias are award-winning, information-packed reference books for all the family. The new, updated editions are beautiful versions of these trusted favorites--perfect for gifts and reference alike. If you want one history encyclopedia, this is it!

History leaps from the page in this completely revised and updated edition of the critically acclaimed Kingfisher History Encyclopedia by the editors at Kingfisher. From man's earliest history right through to the technological and social revolutions of the current day, this trusted reference provides a one-stop source for research, and is the perfect companion to any study of world history. The encyclopedia is organized chronologically and then thematically within each time period. A timeline runs across the top of each page for context. Each section includes biographies of important people and key features on the art, architecture, and technology of the period. No more hunting and pecking all over the internet for incomplete or un-vetted information. With 3,500 indexed references and more than 2,000 full-color illustrations, photographs, and source materials, as well as research-friendly back matter and index, this encyclopedia provides a beautiful, authoritative reference that is essential for any home, school, or library.

Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

Its as amazing as it always was and yet its so much better! For years BiblioPlan meant a series of four time-period-specific planning guides for world history. Using a spine and incorporating first-rate literature suggestions, they provided the framework for anyone wanting to study world history chronologically and classically. Then a few years ago, they started adding components and we wondered exactly where they were headed. Now we have a good idea and its looking good. The name BiblioPlan is still synonymous with classical chronological world history but what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a framework. Its comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep. They allow students of all ages to work on the same eras at the same time. Theres also flexibility. You can still use just the framework (Family Guide) or you can add some or all of the components. You can take a general approach and incorporate multiple ages at once or you can use material that targets particular education levels (i.e., upper middle school). Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the drivers seat with full controls.

Ancient, Medieval, and Modern America & World History are completely revised and all components are available. Early America & World History is currently "under construction" and will be available early in 2014. The unrevised versions are still available but are listed separately to avoid confusion.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program a full years worth of history and literature readings. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early America & World, and Modern America & World (inspired by the Well-Trained Mom). This is the product that used to BE Biblioplan. In other words, when you said Biblioplan these guides are what you meant. Designed by a group of homeschooling moms for themselves, this guide gives you 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan. Their goal was to integrate quality historical literature with biblical and secular history. They put together an easy-to-follow plan which requires minimal parental prep covering the historical topic (Classtime), a Psalm study, References and Resources for textual information about the topic, Literature selections of the Week (for grades K-2, 3+, 5+ and 8+), a Family Read Aloud suggestion, Writing Ideas, Optional Fiction & Resources, and suggested Activities. Introductory information includes the usual "how to find books" and "how to use the plan" information as well as the book lists for both the scheduled and the optional literature. If your family includes older students, then youll be glad to know that a supplement for high school is included. Theres more! Prior to each Era (for instance, Early Christianity and the Rise of Islam, Europe & the Crusades, etc. for the Medieval history) there are several additional pages of reference material annotated book lists for the Readers, the Family Read Alouds, and the Optional Resources/Fiction.

If it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. Theyre comprehensive and thorough; in general, well-constructed plans. You could complete four years (plus four more if you wanted) of interesting history, absorbing literature, and engaging activity possibilities using just these Guides. You may also want to ensure you have access to some or all of the frequently-referenced "spine resources" if you go this route. These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US. However, if you like to have perfectly coordinated, quality material at your fingertips rather than scrambling for it then you can incorporate one or more of the following components.

BiblioPlan Companion

There is one for each time period. Essentially, these are historical textbooks but not like any youve seen before. For one thing they provide both textual information (in a narrative prose style) and enrichment supplements. For another, theyre spiral-bound so they lay flat and color-coordinated so you know instantly if youre reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. In the random pages open before me from the Medieval Companion, there is a section on Muslim food laws and their rituals for newborns, a description of a tughra (Ottoman sultans signature) with gorgeous, artistic examples and a Turkish paper decorating technique ebru. In the Giants of the Faith section is a biographical sketch of Saint George and the Dragon which continues onto the next page and includes a large, glorious artwork reproduction of the same. There is a pattern to the information provided for each chapter (34 in each Companion one for each week): Geography Focus, History Focus, Fascinating Facts, Mystifying Myths, Interesting Individuals, Fascinating Foods, Church History Focus, Critical Concepts, and Giants of the Faith. Just in case theres any doubt, the Companions and all the BiblioPlanmaterials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. The Companions provide all the necessary textual information for the Classtime and greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the need for any outside historical reference books or spines. That being said, some may still choose to use the recommended spine readings in order to provide even more historical perspective and textual information.

BiblioPlan Cool History

provides weekly assignment sheets at four different grade level groupings Littles (K-2), Middles (2-6), Upper Middles (6-8), and Advanced (8-12). Its pretty easy to surmise that the goal of these is to allow a family to challengingly study the same time period and the same topics but at their own distinct levels. Templates for a year-long project Giants of the Faith Book are provided along with coordination of coloring pages (lower levels), Giants of the Faith suggestions, and hands-on activities (i.e. crafts, again for the lower levels). There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Companion readings. The Littles book has suggested reading assignments that point to certain sections of the Companions of interest to younger students and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The Middles and Upper Middles have an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. Both the Upper Middles and the Advanced include periodic (about every six weeks) exams. The Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions fill in the blank, short answers, short essays (all taken from the Companions) and research essays (outside of Companions). If youre concerned about answers to all these questions they do exist but they arent in the Cool History books. Its necessary to contact the publisher ( for permission to download the answers. Im impressed with the general breadth and scope of these assignment sheets. Theyre obviously designed for review, retention, and reinforcement. And, in general, theyre visually appealing with full color illustrations. However, the space for writing answers seems irregular (Middles is too small 3/16" line spacing; Upper Middles has no lines) and may mean it will work best for your students to transfer all answers to notebooks/binders.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the weeks lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from the Companions and/or a world map, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more or less on their own. The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. The Advanced maps set includes six geography exams as well as a geography scope and sequence. The same set of maps is included in both books but the Middles includes some prompts and partial information that make them easier to complete.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines theyre in color. The spiral-bound books can be used "as is" or the pages removed and the timeline mounted on a wall or the pages three-hole punched and the timeline placed into a binder which would allow your student to create an entire timeline in one place. Lots of flexibility here. The timeline consists of one or more colored strips (color varies with the time period) plus dated notes on particular events. The student cuts out the graphics and pictures (located in the back of the book) and inserts them in the appropriate place. The Ancient Timeline includes a single timeline. The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The America and the World Timeline features facing pages one for the Americas and one for the World. As mentioned earlier, the Timeline Figures are mostly in color (some 19th and 20th century figures are prints of original black and white photos) and, frankly, very eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Book

provides over one hundred crafts that correlate with the Family Guides. These are the crafts referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets. And I must say, the book I examined (Medieval) was very impressive. I would have loved to have such a well-illustrated and well-explained variety of crafts and projects to accompany our history studies. On the random page I opened, there are seven crafts which flow from four separate weeks (by the way, there are seven additional projects for those same four weeks the average is over three per week). A few require materials from other sources but most include directions; all include full-color pictures. Heres the selection: Porcelain Painting (buy a kit), Hold a Japanese Tea Ceremony (get details from internet), Make a Kharbhooja Sharbat Drink (directions), Make a Flying Dragon Head (directions), Make a Chinese Dragon (directions), Make a Yurt (directions), Make a Chinese Cricket Cage (directions). Patterns where needed are provided in the back of the book. This book is fully integrated with the BiblioPlan program but could also be used as a supplement to another world history study.

The BiblioPlan Coloring Book

provides coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in both the Family Guides and the Cool History for Littles assignment sheets. There is at least one and often two pages per week.

The BiblioPlan Family Discussion Guide

is for families who want some help in broadening their history studies into thoughtful family discussions. These Guides provide discussion starters that will help you guide your students into a better understanding of the connections between secular history and their Christian faith. One of the advantages of the Discussion Guide is that they allow you to lead discussions without having to study everything in the Companion yourself.

Remember the Days

is a historical textbook series specifically designed for younger readers (K-6). Covering the same topics (World History, U.S. History, Church History, and Geography) as the Companion and having the same 34 weeks of study, there are more fun stories and more "young" appeal. While you will most likely need to read to your early elementary students, upper elementary students will be able to handle much of the reading on their own. Currently Volume 2 (Medieval Days) and Volume 3 (Early Modern Days) are available with the other two expected over the next two years.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (which did not have grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauers Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Companions.

So, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want flexibility, an excellent road map, comprehensive textual information, and colorful, engaging reinforcement and enrichment possibilities, then look no further than the new, reconstructed BiblioPlan. ~ Janice

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Miranda Smith
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We're using Curiosity Chronicles for our 3rd grader's ancient history this year, and this is one of the suggested supplemental resources. Borrowed from the library first and I love it, so we're buying!
Felicia T on Jul 15, 2021
I needed this to go along with Story Of The World books.
Amiee H on Jan 24, 2021
We're using Curiosity Chronicles for our 3rd grader's ancient history this year, and this is one of the suggested supplemental resources. Borrowed from the library first and I love it, so we're buying!
Felicia T on Jul 15, 2021
birthday present for my 4 year old
James S on Jun 7, 2021
I needed this to go along with Story Of The World books.
Amiee H on Jan 24, 2021
Recommended by our history curriculum - History Odyssey
Meredith B on Jan 20, 2021
honestly my kids just LOVE leafing through this stuff, so instead of borrowing it from the library, i just bought it! i think it'll make a great addition to our curriculum!
natalie s on Jan 11, 2021
This compliments nicely with the Story Of The World: Ancient Times
Stephanie S on Aug 10, 2020
Best price around!
Taylor L on Aug 10, 2020
Companion to History Odyssey Level Two: The Ancients
Crystal M on Jul 23, 2020
More pictures to go with Story of the World.
Jessica M on Oct 2, 2019
for fifth grader history
Lois A on Jul 13, 2019
great book for history
Aasiya I on Sep 24, 2018
Required, but looks great!
Jeremy H on Sep 23, 2018
To go along with Story of The World with my first grade daughter.
Sheena H on Sep 18, 2018
This book looks like it will be a perfect compliment to Story of the World, and the consultant at Rainbow said it's a beautiful book, too!
Anne L on Aug 27, 2018
required for class
Tricia S on Aug 16, 2018
Required for our students private school class.
Penny J on Aug 8, 2018
it is recommended by the website.
Emily S on Jul 19, 2018
stocking up on resources for beginning history as a family next year
Brandy on Apr 25, 2018
It was recommended by a friend
User on Mar 28, 2018
This will be used in our Grammar and Logic Stages of study along with the Well Trained Mind's recommendations. After reviewing usage of this and others, I decided this would cover more ages and has come highly recommended by numerous other sources.
Erin M on Feb 11, 2018
To go with The Story of the World.
Eva C on Dec 23, 2017
"Needed it for my history curriculum"
Mijanou S. on Oct 30, 2017
I need this book for History Odyssey Level 2 Ancients. It is cheaper from here than from Amazon!
Melody C on Aug 21, 2017
for more in-depth history lessons
User on Aug 18, 2017
I am creating our own World History course for the next few years, and this will serve as a reference/timeline point. I chose this over the Usborne because it has a running timeline across the top of every page and spends more time on each subject with less visual busyness. NOTE: Google Books has previews of this and other books to help you decide what to buy.
User on Aug 14, 2017
"Needed it for my kids online homeschool class."
Kristie G on Aug 10, 2017
home school co op
Sheri M on Jul 24, 2017
To go along with our Story of the World curriculum.
Allison F on May 28, 2017
Resource for our history.
Kerry J on Mar 27, 2017
Needed for History Odyssey
Jennifer G on Jan 20, 2017
We love to read more about the people we study in history lessons.
Melanie M on Dec 18, 2016
history spine
User on Oct 24, 2016
This is a supplement for SOTW.
Holly M on Sep 28, 2016
It is used as reference for The Story of the World.
Mary D on Sep 7, 2016
I chose this to be a supplement to our history lessons. We use Story of the World curriculum and this was recommended in that book.
Lindsey C on Sep 5, 2016
This was recommended by Susan Wise Bauer as a supplement for Story of the World which we use.
Madelyn W on Aug 19, 2016
Recommended by a friend!
Heather L on Aug 17, 2016
Love this book. I sold my older copy thinking we would use other book sources, and here I am re-purchasing because nothing provides a better background look than Kingfisher. Plus, the objects they choose to display make my kids wonder and ask more questions. Curiosity is a great tool for attention!
Donna A on Aug 9, 2016
for Classical Educational style middle school World History class
Geralyn D on Aug 1, 2016
We are using The Well-Trained Mind as a guide and this was one of the history texts that was suggested to be used in conjunction w/ SOTW.
Jenni L on Jul 5, 2016
Using this with the Story of the World curriculum.
Bertel S on Jun 4, 2016
We need it for History Odyssey
Jennifer R on Jun 3, 2016
Needed for History Odyssey
Kari E on May 10, 2016
This was a recommended resource in The Story of the World.
User on May 6, 2016
It was a needed resource for our History Odyssey curriculum.
Kim L on May 4, 2016
Purchasing this to go along with the "Story of the World" History Curriculum I'm using next year.
Brooke H on Apr 24, 2016
This encyclopedia has been on our family's wish list, and when we saw a bargain copy we couldn't pass it up.
Heather R on Apr 4, 2016
The Story of the World history curriculum uses this book as an additional resource and lists exact pages that correspond to each lesson. Our library didn't have it and I figured it was worth the money to add it to our personal library.
Jessica S on Mar 13, 2016
secular comprehensive history to use with History Odyssey
laura m on Feb 15, 2016
I choose this item because it is used often in the history Odyssey program
Amy G on Feb 14, 2016
birthday present for my 4 year old
James S on Jun 7, 2021
Recommended by our history curriculum - History Odyssey
Meredith B on Jan 20, 2021
When will this be back in stock? People are selling used copies on eBay for $100, so I want to avoid if possible. .
Johanna Y on Oct 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The publisher is in the process of reprinting this book and has just recently let us know that we can expect them mid-November (2020). We are rejoicing!
What is the difference between this and Kingfisher History Atlas?
T I on Sep 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I only own the History Encylopedia. I looked at the atlas on Amazon. What I'm seeing is a lot of similar information but the atlas is possibly less detail, but it is overlaid on a map. Also, the timeline for the encyclopedia is across the top of the pages, for the atlas it appears to be along the side. The map overlay would be a nice feature because finding historical outline maps has proven one of my greatest challenges and I have moved to free-drawing them. I've also considered asking them to make maps with legos... frankly, there is just too much to get through in a day and they are not really interested enough to complete that task. Perhaps if the information were atop a map, it would stick without the additional geography lesson.
What are the differences between the third edition and previous editions? How has it been revised?
Ashley on Jul 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don't have any of the older editions. The copyright says 2004 and the newest entry is 2001 and the "the war on terror." It has a seal on the front that says "3rd edition, update and revised" as shown in the image. The inside cover and back page do not specify what these changes are.

I don't know what ages you are teaching. I will use this for some reference, along with Usborne History of the World. But the real heart of my history teaching (Gr. 5 & 8) I am choosing to get from more complete sources: Seven Story Press (diverse histories), movies, literature. We are reading "Story of Mankind" and then these dictionaries are essential to kind of give us a framework to help us understand and visualize exactly when and where he's talking about. It's so hard. It's such a huge, HUGE, amount of information. How do you choose what's important and what's not and to whom? Good luck!!
Does the new updated version use the dating B.C. And A.D.?
User on Jun 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hello, I have the third edition, stated to have been updated in 2016; however, it still uses the outdated notation of B.C. and A.D.
Can you please tell me what year this was revised?
Kari E on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought mine in August, doesn't use the word revised. It says "this updated edition published in 2012". Hope that helps!
Is this a hardcover book?
A shopper on Feb 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is hardcover. My daughters (ages 4 and 8) refer to it often. We have used it in addition to The Story of the World.
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Never disappointed
You can't go wrong with anything by Kingfisher! Each page packs a punch without overwhming young readers with too many dates and facts. But there's still so much learning to be had. We really like all the pictures and the quality of the pages of the book!
March 21, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Outstanding resource for teaching real history
We are really enjoying this book. Unschooling at home is our goal. Teaching our kids real history is a huge part of that. This is a comprehensive resource that will get us through many grades. Well worth it!
October 24, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
helpful in teaching world history
This is a beautifully illustrated resource for middle school world history. We love it and look forward to using it this year.
September 1, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Kids love this series
This is our fourth Kingfisher book. 11 and 9 year old boys love them all.
July 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a wonderful book I majored in history at college and I've referred to this book again and again over the years I even designed a world history unit study for my children using this as a resource which they enjoyed more than traditional textbooks It works for K-8 and as a supplement for high school The contents are in chronological order (very helpful for history) and it is easy to find information on the major civilizations
August 27, 2008

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