[Update: Congratulations to Becky Keasler, who was selected as the winner of Story of the World Vol. 1&2 when the original winner did not contact us by the deadline. Becky, please contact me with your address by Friday, January 28.]
It’s time for another goodie giveaway! This time I have Volumes 1 & 2 of The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer which cover the earliest nomads through the rise of the Renaissance. From the author of The Well-Trained Mind, these books are billed as “History for the Classical Child”. From the back of Volume 1:
What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi’s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome?
Volume 2 covers the fall of Rome through the rise of the Renaissance:
Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?
The entire set is described this way: “Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas- find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.”
Both of these books are the original versions rather than the revised versions. Volume 1 is copyright 2001 and Volume 2 is copyright 2003. They are in very good condition (Volume 2 is actually like new while Volume 1 has a small stain – probably coffee – on the title page). If you are curious to know more about the series, read the reviews from homeschoolers who have used The Story of the World or visit the author’s page. There are corresponding activity books available for these volumes but they are not included in the giveaway (they hadn’t been published when I bought the books).
Reminders: The items in Goodies Up For Grabs may be gently used or like new. While the item itself should be in good condition (I’m not guaranteeing it because I won’t be watching every video or listening to every CD), the covers may not be in great shape. As of this writing, items are all from my personal shelves but that may change if friends offer to contribute to the stash. I may not have actually used the item. (You don’t ever do that, do you? Buy curriculum and not use it? I didn’t think so.) Some of the resources may be older versions – I have several great videos but they are on VHS tapes – so be sure to pay attention to whether the format of a resource will work for you.
The rules are simple – for each item, just post in the comments section of the blog post what you like about that particular item. The choice will be random, so it will not increase your chances of winning to tell how your husband just left you and your house burned down and you lost your job so you really *need* the item. Keep it simple, and happy homeschooling!