Saturday, November 12, 2011

BIG Book of History

"So, son, what is your favorite thing about this BIG Book of History?"

"It's FIFTEEN-FOOT FOLD-OUT!!!  That's longer than my bed!  Awesome!"

Yep, straight out of the little horse's mouth.  You heard it here first!

Seriously, though, there are several other things my son, Mystery Ranger Buster, and I like about this unique book published by Master Books.

Why is it fifteen-feet long?  Well, it has not just one timeline but four parallel timelines of our history from creation to our current day.  You'll have to check it out for yourself to see what exactly those four timelines show, but I will tell you that the subject of each one is as follows:  Biblical / Christianity, World Events, Inventions / Technology, and Civilizations / Empires.

Additionally, it has several colorful, interesting pictures (both drawings and photographs) that visually depict the time period and specific people and / or objects of interest from that time period.  One of my favorites is the literal key ring from around 750 B.C. which is an example of the "metal keys (that) were fashioned to be worn as rings - which made them much harder to lose and steal."  Wow!  I wonder why we ever got away from that.  Would have saved me much grief at times.

It was also interesting to learn that there were flush toilets as far back as over 2000 years B.C.  My plumber father-in-law could have worked in the same career back then as he does today.  Whoulda thunk it?!

My son & his grandmother looking at the BIG Book of History together.
My son loves to open this timeline up after we have read a portion of the Bible together.  He likes to try to find the time frame he just read about in the Bible on the timeline.  The timeline offers a neat perspective of what was going on in the world in addition to what we just read in the Bible.  It helps a child (and an adult) put the scripture into perspective and understand its context better.  (Helps to recognize what major world events, empires, etc. were going on at that time.)

My son also loves to look over the list of potential answers to the question, "How will you make history?" on the last page of the book.  He has several picked out including Space Exploration, Public Leadership, Missionary, Ocean Exploration, Author, Musician, Pastor, & Military Service (yes, trust me there are more he has picked out on the list, too...the boy will have to make some decisions, no doubt!).  BUT...the one thing he wants to be the most lately is not on the list---a D.E.A. Agent!  Go figure!  Maybe it will make the list in a future revised version.

And finally, when I asked him what his favorite picture or fact IN the book is, well, you can probably guess from his response to the other question...

Yep...he says he likes "ALL of it!"

So, I think that about sums up our review of Master Books' BIG Book of History.  Any questions?

Disclaimer:   I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group.  No other compensation was received.  The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.


JTofflemrie said...

I enjoyed your review: I have a book on apologetics: Evidences for God and his Creations

Haelie said...

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it. Apologetics is such an important and necessary subject in our times.

Jimmie said...

Looks great. I love timelines. We are visual folks here.