Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)

Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)

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Item #: 018005
ISBN: 9780794528331
Grades: 3-9

Product Description:

This book covers it all, from the dawn of history right up to the year 2000, for all the major civilizations, all the rulers, and all the events in world history. Pages are filled with clear, interesting accounts of historical events, realistic reconstructions of scenes, and tons of incredible photographs. More than 100 charts and maps are included, allowing you to see exactly where events took place. Besides being an intriguing book to read, this is also your link to world history on the web. After reading about a subject, go online; every link leads you to a website where you can read additional information, watch video clips, play games, see photos, and use other unique website features to experience "virtually" all of world history. I was never much for history, but I wish I had this book when I was younger; these websites look really intriguing. For a study of the ancient world you can get virtual tours of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a virtual walking tour of Rome and Athens, learn to speak Ancient Greek, write in hieroglyphics, take interactive tours of museums, explore the Valley of Kings in Egypt and learn about the pharaohs buried there and their tombs through photos and panoramic movies, view profiles of famous Romans and Greeks, explore a clickable Roman marketplace, and loads more. Some sights are interactive, where you can, for example, reenact the Battle of Hastings, and some are treasure troves of information, maps, timelines, and diagrams.

Note: The first 100 or so pages of the book discuss the "Prehistoric World" (starting 4,550 million years ago with the Big Bang and proceeding to 12,000 years ago when the last ice age came to an end). This section outlines evolution and likely contains objectionable material. However, the rest of the sections (Ancient World, Medieval World, Last 500 Years) are more factual and make up for the first. A colorful, captivating book. 416 pages. Stephanie

Publisher Description:

A comprehensive introduction to world history from prehistoric times to the start of the 21st century, including information on dinosaurs, the first humans, Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, the World Wars and other major events in history. Magnificently illustrated with a wealth of images depicting key events and everyday life in times gone by, as well as maps, charts and photographs. Includes a 12,000-year illustrated timechart, glossary and extensive index. With over 800 internet links to regularly reviewed websites with homework help, virtual tours, reconstructions, games and quizzes.

Category Description for Biblioplan for Families:

The name BiblioPlan is synonymous with classical chronological world history but through years of tweaking and improving, what is available now is a full-bodied, full-color curriculum rather than a mere lesson-plan framework (its original format). Comprehensive and thorough while providing ease of use and minimum teacher prep, BiblioPlan allows students of all ages to work on the same time periods at the same time at their own level. There is 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 grade levels. Older children can help younger children and children of all ages will be making memories as they work together. Biblioplan puts you in the driver's seat with full controls.

BiblioPlan Family Guides

provide the structural framework for the program - a full year's worth of history and literature readings and the Family Guide is necessary for either approach. There are four Guides, one for each of the four classical (chronological) time periods Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern. This is the core of the whole program (and once WAS the whole program). Designed by a group of homeschooling moms, these Guides provide 34 weekly spreadsheets; each a comprehensive lesson plan and annotated reading lists for each grade level. With a goal of integrating quality historical literature with biblical and secular history, these moms put together an easy-to-follow plan 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 & free online resources, movies, and suggested Activities. Introductory information in each Guide 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 it sounds like the Family Guides might be all you need you would be correct. They're comprehensive and thorough; 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. If you go this route, you will need to use the frequently-referenced "spine resources." These include Story of the World, Mystery of History, The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, or History of US and a number of others.

However, there is an alternative route. 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 BiblioPlan text components to use alongside the Family Guide.

BiblioPlan Text Components: Remember the Days, Consider the Years and Companions

  • Remember the Days - textbooks written specifically for Grades K-6 are available for Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.
  • Consider the Years - textbook written specifically for Grades 7-12 is available for Ancient. It is a reworking of the older Companions and part of the 2nd edition material now available for Ancient.
  • Companions are currently available for Medieval (two-book set), Early Modern (two-book set), and Modern. These are 1st edition texts and are being replaced with the Consider the Year text. For Ancients the Companions are only compatible with the 2012 edition of Cool History.

With options for each time period, these are full-color historical textbooks that provide textual information (world history, U.S. history, church history, and geography) in a narrative prose style interspersed with all sorts of intriguing factual and cultural anecdotes. They are color-coordinated so you know instantly if you're reading history text (black & white) or about people and special events or biblical quotes (various colored backgrounds). These are books which beg to be pored over. As an example, in random pages 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 (each time period book has 34 chapters - 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 there's any doubt, Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and the Companions as well as all the BiblioPlan materials have a consistent biblical and Christian worldview. These books provide all the necessary textual information for 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 suggested 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)
  • Advanced (8-12)

It's 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. This is where you find your students’ work and in upper levels their assessments also. There are subtle grade-appropriate variations in the levels but these pages include reading assignments and questions taken from the Remember the Days, Consider the Years, and Companion readings.

  • The Littles book in the older edition (Medieval, Early Modern, Modern) has suggested reading assignments and questions from Remember the Days; in the 2nd edition (Ancients) these reading assignments are found in the Family Guide. Also included are fun hands-on activities and Globe Fun (introductory map activities). The “Giants of the Faith” section provides biblical figures associated with the times and places of study. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • The Middles book has questions from the readings and Giants of the Faith suggestions and adds Challenge Questions plus an Optional Bonus Question or Activity. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • Upper Middles has Questions from the readings, Challenge Questions, Optional Bonus Question or Activity and includes periodic (about every six weeks) exams. These are consumable, colored workbooks.
  • Advanced assignment sheets have assorted questions (fill in the blank, short answers, short essays) all taken from Consider the Years or the Companions as well as research essays (outside of the text readings). Also included are periodic (about every six weeks) exams. These are consumable, black and white workbooks.

BiblioPlan Hands On Maps

provides one or two full-color maps each week that correspond to the week's lesson content. Instructions for the maps are printed directly on the map. While students may need to gather a little helpful information from a world map and/or Remember the Days, Consider the Years, or the Companions, students will be able to complete the maps at their level more-or-less on their own. The same set of maps is included in both books

  • The Middles maps set has suggestions for K-2, 3+, and 5+ students. These maps includes some prompts and partial information that makes them easier to complete. These maps and activities correlate with the Remember the Days as well as the Companion text for the K-8 grade material.
  • The Advanced maps set includes a geography scope and sequence as well as a Challenge activity for each of the maps. Six exams for this level are included in the Answer Key pdf. These maps and activities correlate only with the Consider the Years text for Ancients and the Companion for Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern.

PDF Exams and Answer Keys

If you're concerned about answers to all the Cool History questions or the exams, they do exist but they aren't in the Cool History books. An Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email after your order has been processed. For Upper Middles and Advanced Ancients, blank Exams and Exam Answers are emailed after purchase. For Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern blank exams and answers are found within the large Answer Key pdf that is sent.

The Maps Answer Key pdf is sent from our office via email as well after your order has been processed. Ancients, once again, has a separate pdf while Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern maps answers are found in the larger Cool History Answer Key pdf that is sent.

BiblioPlan Timelines & Figures

are well-crafted supplements with one distinct advantage over many other timelines - they're 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 two timelines: one for Biblical history and one for world history. The timeline is set-up as facing page timelines. Biblical history on one side and World History on the facing page.
  • The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Timeline includes two timelines one for church history and one for "regular" history. The timeline is set-up as facing page timelines. Medieval on one side and Church History on the facing page.
  • The Early America and the World Timeline and the Modern America and the World Timeline each feature 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 are eye-catching. Figures include portraits, artifacts, geographical features, monuments and buildings, photos or drawings of events, and much more.

BiblioPlan Craft Books

provide over two hundred activities that correlate with the Family Guides. These are cultural crafts, food, and fun referenced in the Cool History assignment sheets (three to five per week). The books are impressive - a well-illustrated, well-explained variety of crafts and projects. A few require materials from other sources but most include directions and full-color pictures. Here's a random selection from one book: 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 Books

provide coloring sheets to accompany the lessons. These are referenced in the Family Guides. Utilizing the talents of present and former homeschooled students, multiple artists have produced a variety of styles and details in the drawings making them suitable for younger and older students. There is at least two and often three pages per week. Reproducible for families.

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 text books yourself.

The new edition (available for Ancients) has received a major facelift and shift in scope and sequence. Detailed out with Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric questions for each appropriate age level, there are also geography and general review questions for each week of study. Consider the Years specific questions are clearly identified.

BiblioPlan Cool History Classic

is a republished version of an older edition of the Cool History books. In this version (no grade level grouping designations), questions are based on the textual content of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World rather than on the BiblioPlan Texts. This provides student work (no test or assessments), for all grade levels, if you choose the BiblioPlan path of using just the Family Guide and Story of The World approach.

BiblioPlan Hands-On Notebooking

These are only found as digital eBook purchases from the publisher. Biblioplan.net offers digital notebooking options to add to your studies and are geared to grade levels. Giants of the Faith adds Bible characters’ study and composition writing to their work. There is a Giants of the Faith notebook for each year. Countries of the World has a different country focus for each year of study. The U.S. States and Presidents is for year three and four studies and breaks the presidents into their appropriate era of service.

In conclusion, if your whole family is ready to dig into world history and you want a Christian perspective that provides 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 & Rebecca

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Homeschooling Curriculum
Jessica F on Aug 17, 2023
Requirement for coop history class for middle school
Shawna J on Aug 8, 2023
Homeschooling Curriculum
Jessica F on Aug 17, 2023
I chose this encyclopedia because it looks comprehensive and it is referenced in the textbooks, The Story of the World.
Lori d on Aug 15, 2023
Requirement for coop history class for middle school
Shawna J on Aug 8, 2023
It goes along well with Classical Conversations Memory work.
Samantha W on Aug 1, 2023
it is a required book for the Build Your Library prehistory curriculum we are using
Sheena on Jul 29, 2023
I am using history quest
Brittany P on Jul 26, 2023
I am using Pandia Press' History Odyssey Ancient Times and this is one of the required books.
James P on Jul 20, 2023
Purchased as a companion to History Quest: Early Times
Brittany B on Jul 18, 2023
This goes with our ancient history curriculum this year, Curiosity Chronicles.
Kathryn M on Jul 14, 2023
My kids decided to do History Quest Early Times for next year. This is required for that curriculum, but it has also been on my wish list for a while now.
Nicole L on Feb 7, 2023
This book was needed to accompany the History Quest Study Guide.
Christina on Jan 7, 2023
This is the proper version/ book that goes with The Story of the World Volume 1. I purchased the ancient world internet linked version and the pages dont correspond.
Angelina M on Aug 2, 2022
We will be using this as a resource to expand upon our weekly history sentence and timeline memorization in Classical Conversations.
Lydia N on Jul 25, 2022
recommended by several sources as a good secular overview for my 7 & 11 year olds
Tara C on Jun 2, 2022
For homeschooling
Anji B on Aug 17, 2021
Love Usborne books. This is another book that will work great for our homeschool history. The internet links are also a huge seller in these usborne books and will help a lot when building history lessons.
Sydney A on Jul 29, 2021
To accompany History Quest
Heather T on Jul 20, 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
I like the idea of all the pictures as well as an online link for additional activities for my lower level students.
Tammy R on Jul 9, 2021
We selected this and other books to go along and supplement our Story of the World curriculum.
April P on Jul 4, 2021
Part of Curriculum
Falen P on May 3, 2021
Along with our history curriculum
Lee S on Mar 15, 2021
This compliments nicely with the Story Of The World: Ancient Times
Stephanie S on Aug 10, 2020
Saw this at my sister's house. WIll complement our homeschooling history curriculum very nicely. Excited to use it!!!
Cindy E on Aug 1, 2020
Companion to History Quest: Ancient Times
Crystal M on Jul 23, 2020
To use with Story of the World curriculum
Ashley P on Jul 20, 2020
It is part of the Build Your Library Level 2 History curriculum.
Antonia J on Jul 17, 2020
We are looking to expose our children to multiple beliefs so that they can better relate and socialize with children who may have different beliefs than they do (we're Christians). This book covers history from a mostly neutral/secular perspective.
Netiva on Jul 16, 2020
Needed a reference to go with Story of the World.
Tara N on Jun 27, 2020
Part of a curriculum we choose.
Megan H on May 13, 2020
This was highly recommended to us by many veteran homeschool moms. We plan on using it as a reference guide to continue tying in all the history we've covered so far and continue.
Lee W on May 7, 2020
Recommended by "The Well-Trained Mind."
Ashleigh M on May 5, 2020
My son needs an interesting account of world history
Jami F on Apr 20, 2020
It will go along with my son's social study soon.
Oretta B on Mar 27, 2020
I chose this book for the comprehensive nature. I plan to use it as one of the spines in our homeschool and I like that it can be used throughout the 4-year history cycle. Usborne makes such quality materials and I'm looking forward to the internet links as well.
Elena R on Mar 17, 2020
Recommended from Well Trained Mind
Yoana B on Aug 20, 2019
seemed interesting
Jill C on Oct 16, 2018
My daughter loves to read facts, so I feel it will be a good addition to her collection.
Manju S on Sep 18, 2018
We needed an updated copy of the book, price quite fair.
Christine A on Sep 4, 2018
History of the World cross referenced to this book.
Lori C on Aug 15, 2018
Planning to use this resource along with The Story of the World Vol. 1. Borrowed it from the library and compared it to Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World (an old edition). The illustrations are beautiful. Although Kingfisher seems to have more informational text, I am sure the Usborne Encyclopedia will be a very fun resource as well.
GINA S on Aug 13, 2018
Showed my daughter samples of many different world history encyclopedias, and she liked the looks of this one best. She's a reluctant reader, and the breakup of text with photos and graphics appeals to her.
Olivia B on Aug 11, 2018
homeschooling history
Kristy T on Jul 26, 2018
Wanted a comprehensive history book in our library to supplement Story of the World and other history curriculum we have used.
Genevie D on Jul 1, 2017
I am using this along with Story of the World.
Elsa E on Apr 23, 2017
This is the main text used in History Odyssey's curriculum and I'm looking forward to using it.
Charissa M on Apr 9, 2017
part of a curriculum we are using for homeschool
Brittany C on Feb 15, 2017
Used book before, buying as gift. Price reasonable for new item.
Constance M on Dec 10, 2016
I needed it for our curriculum, "Build Your Library"
Victoria H on Nov 9, 2016
Awesome secular choice for home school.
Samantha I on Nov 9, 2016
I chose this encyclopedia because it looks comprehensive and it is referenced in the textbooks, The Story of the World.
Lori d on Aug 15, 2023
It goes along well with Classical Conversations Memory work.
Samantha W on Aug 1, 2023
Do you think this will work well with Story of the World Volume 1? It seems more comprehensive than the Usborne Book of World History. I would be using this for K and onwards. Thanks.
A shopper on Sep 20, 2022
Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)
Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)
Book of World History (Usborne)
Book of World History (Usborne)
BEST ANSWER: I have both for Story of the World Volume 1. I use both as they both offering something for different learning styles. The Book of World History has 2 page spreads with lots of pictures and short blurbs. This is very needed for my 5 year old who is not going to be able to focus on too much being told about __x. However, the Encyclopedia goes from the begining of the world in much more detail. The Book of World History more closely aligns with Story of the World Volume 1. With the Encyclopedia you will have to skip to find what you need to match each chapter.
Hi there, is this secular for use with a charter school curriculum?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I'd say yes. There doesn't appear to be any religious slant, and it's only archaeological history, not biblical history. It starts at the Big Bang and discusses evolution and time spans of billions and millions of years.
How out of date are the internet links? It seems like this book goes back to 2009. I'm looking at purchasing it to complement the History Quest curriculum. This is required to go with it. But I'm questioning if all the supporting information will be outdated, broken links, etc.
Tracey on Jun 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We just used the book for extra reading, so I went on the site today. It took me a few minutes to get to the quick links site. I had to Google "usborne quicklinks" instead of typing in the actual address they gave in the book. The links take you to different museum websites like the Smithsonian and museum of natural history, and there are several links to Ted Ed videos etc. There were a couple of links that didn't go where they were supposed to, but generally they worked just fine.
Is this version abridged or is it the exact same as the hardback version?
ErinN on Sep 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: exact the same as the hardback.
Is this the 2013 updated version?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Mine says copywright 2009 its the exact same picture
For what grade levels is this resource?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We are beginning to use this as a (prehistory) resource in kindergarten
Does this encyclopedia explain anything having to do with evolution?
JoC105 on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This encyclopedia does assume evolution. If this is not your belief, you either need to skip those pages or stop and explain what much of the world believes and why you believe differently. I have taken the latter route. It is a wonderful resource despite its clear bias. The links are great and really help fill out any course. I love this book and would highly recommend it.
Are the paperback versions well made? I was interested in the hardcover, but it is out of stock.
A shopper on Feb 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the paperback is quite well made. The cover is dense and the pages are thicker than say a magazine. The pages so far have withstood my three children and remain looking brand new!
How does The Usborne Book of World History differ from The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History?
A shopper on Jan 10, 2016
Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)
Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)
Book of World History (Usborne)
Book of World History (Usborne)
BEST ANSWER: The Encyclopedia is targeting a slightly older audience than the Book. The Encyclopedia includes a large section - about 100 pages - of prehistory that is covered in just a few pages in the Book. The Encyclopedia provides a broader perspective. For instance, the Encyclopedia in the section on the Romans includes two pages each on The Rise of Rome, The Roman Army, Life in a Roman Town, Fun and Games,The Spread of Christianity, and The Fall of Rome. The Book has two pages each on The Rise of Rome, Life in the Roman Empire, and Romans and Barbarians. There is overlap of content and occasionally graphics but, in general, the Book is more cartoonish and the Encyclopedia has more detailed drawings and artifact pictures. The Encyclopedia is 7.5 x 9.5, pb, 414 pgs. The Book is 8.75 x 11, hb, 194 pgs.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Detailed, Engaging illustrations!
Detailed images and descriptions. Covers a vast range of topics! My kids love it! We bought it to pair with our History Quest curriculum, but I find my son reading it all the time on his own
August 31, 2023
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Family Favorite
I am generally not a fan of encyclopedias, because there is usually so much text crammed in, that we all kind of glaze over pretty quickly. This one is different and special. Our History Quest curriculum is built around it and we just love the book. My 12 year old even has us wait until he his home from his charter middle school, to do it along with the whole family. The quicklinks really bring the book to life and the content is just enough to create a great jumping off point for us. We move through some bits with less interest, and take a deeper dive into other bits that interested everyone.
September 20, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Eurocentric and often inaccurate, a disappointing purchase
I was very disappointed in this title. It's a very Eurocentric resource and has several inaccuracies in it. The information is in many cases pretty dated and had a lot of bias- for example using language like "warlike" to describe some people defending their lands while praising others who invaded and conquered lands. I would like to have returned it, but with shipping and return policies, it would have cost me to do so. Keeping this only to teach my child about bias in textbooks.
August 20, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
great resource!
We use this book nearly every day in history. There is SO much information in here and it is presented well. We love all the links. It opens the door for lots more rabbit holes to follow--so we love it! My oldest enjoys just sitting and reading through it. Excellent resource for homeschoolers!
May 31, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love Usborne Books
I purchased this book to correspond with our Story of the World curriculum. I love pretty much any Usborne book. My kids pick these up and can read them for hours even outside of homeschooling.
September 3, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
It's good but a pretty small size
I love the 3D drawings in this book, very happy we got it. Very kid-friendly
May 18, 2016
over 7 years ago

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