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The Story of the Ancient World Review by Jacquelin Caffey

Christine Miller
Nothing New Press
P.O. Box 18335
Sarasota, FL 34276

Ancient history is my favorite time period to study because the history traces back to the beginning of time and for God’s plan for man. There is so much to learn from creation of the world to the fall of the Persian empire that it can be at times difficult to narrow down the topics to study with young children. Now that I have the opportunity to use The Story of the Ancient World with my second grader, Helene Guerber’s history series comes to life for the youngest learners.

The Story of the Ancient World is a soft-bound 8-1/2×11 inch book with 279 pages. There are 128 chapters that the author, Christine Miller, has woven together from Guerber’sThe Story of the Chosen People. Each chapter has about one to one and one-half pages of text filled with the events of the Old Testament and the ancient civilizations that correspond with the Old Testament history including the Sumerians, the Hebrews, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians. Miller has carefully preserved Guerber’s style of writing and seamlessly brought the fascinating Ancient world to life.

This history series is meant to be a child’s first introduction to history and is written to be read aloud for a child as young as first grade. Throughout the book stories of sin, crime, betrayal, and rebellion against God, as well as repentance, faith in God, heroism, and many examples of God’s faithfulness to men will be encountered. Yet, they all tie back to God’s faithfulness and love. Completely illustrated with famous historical painting and detailed photographs of the places described it will hold your child’s attention right from the start. To make it easier to pronounce the names and places in the book, they are carefully marked upon their first occurrence. Something that I find truly helpful especially during the Ancients’ time period.

I have found this book to be the perfect spine for my second grader’s history studies this year. Sitting down together and snuggling up with this book is the favorite part of my day. A typical week has me reading aloud from the book twice a week as we dive into the wonders of the Ancient world. I appreciate the format of the book and that the stories are just long enough as to not lose the child, yet, filled with details to keep us engaged and chasing rabbit trails as we dig deeper into topics. I look forward to purchasing the Greeks and Romans books as we transition to those time periods over the course of the school year.

-Product review by Jacquelin Caffey, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February, 2018