Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A History of Just About Everything - Elizabeth MacLeod & Frieda Wishinsky

Title: A History of Just About Everything: 180 Events, People, and Inventions that Changed the World
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky
Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2013 (Hardcover)
Length: 124 pages
Genre: Children's Nonfiction
Started: April 27, 2014
Finished: April 28, 2014

From Amazon.ca:

From Buddha and Muhammad to King and Mandela, from the discovery of fire to the invention of the World Wide Web, and from Romeo and Juliet to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this is a thorough and thoroughly entertaining compendium of important people and events.

I'm always on the lookout for really comprehensive children's non-fiction books for our home library as my daughter gets older, and this is one that I think would make a great addition. The book is laid out in a linear fashion starting from prehistoric times from when the first humans appeared and when they discovered fire, all the way up to the Japanese Tsunami/Earthquake/Nuclear Reactor event in 2011. Key events, people, and discoveries are highlighted, and their impacts on humanity and our world are outlined in a nice little feature called "Ripples",  little coloured boxes at the end of the entry.

The information contained here is a jumping-off point, the information on each subject is minimal, but it is enough to get kids interested in history in general, and perhaps spark their interest in something specific and propel them to read more about it.

A nice comprehensive history book with a little bit of information on a breadth of subjects.

Thoughts on the cover:
I like how the astronaut image would appeal to most kids of either gender, with the strip of images at the top.

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