Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)

Encyclopedia of World History pb (Usborne)

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ISBN: 9780794528331
Grades: 3-9

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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

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 (contactus@biblioplan.net) 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




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
3
Grade End
9
ISBN
9780794528331
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
EDC / Usborne
Weight
2.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
9.5" x 7.5" x 1.5"
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Why did you choose this?
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For homeschooling
Anji B on Aug 17, 2021
To accompany History Quest
Heather T on Jul 20, 2021
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
To supplement our History curriculum
User on Oct 30, 2016
Looking for a solid world history resource for homeschool
Abigail B on Oct 4, 2016
I'm using the Build Your Library 1st Grade curriculum.
Chandlar H on Sep 9, 2016
I have been "eyeing" this book for quite some time and the bargain bin price was much much lower than other websites (even others that sell used books). I have ordered bargain books before from rainbow and they usually look new except for the smallest dent or scratch.
User on Sep 7, 2016
This is a must have for the REAL Oddyssey Ancient Civilizations curriculum. It is also highly recommended and has great reviews.
Heather L on Aug 28, 2016
To use for home school
Eunice T on Aug 17, 2016
Part of Build Your Library online curriculum, and it was a better price than available at Amazon
Brendan M on Aug 12, 2016
Lines up well with Classical Conversations History.
Renee B on Aug 8, 2016
Requested by my daughter-in-law who is home schooling.
Nancy B on Aug 4, 2016
Small format. Wish it were standard size.
Lisa on Jul 14, 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
I chose this encyclopedia because it looked eye catching enough for younger students and thorough enough for older students.
Tanya E on Jul 2, 2016
I am a secular homeschooler and this is the best history book you can get that is secular.
Lisa F on Jun 24, 2016
This was a recommended resource in The Story of the World.
User on May 6, 2016
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
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
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
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
Purchased
1 month 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
Purchased
2 months 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
Purchased
1 year 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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
over 5 years ago


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