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Goodies: The Story of the World Vol. 1&2

[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.]

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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).

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!

Mary Ann Kelley

Mary Ann Kelley lives in Virginia with her husband and has two grown daughters, both homeschool graduates. Mary Ann, who homeschooled off and on for 16 years, believes in school choice as well as allowing children to direct their own learning with guidance and input from their parents. Interviews with Mary Ann have been featured on HuffPost and in the Free Lance-Star newspaper. Her desire is to encourage parents and children to take personal responsibility for their own educational options and choices. In her free time, Mary Ann enjoys reading, cooking (check out her free meal plans), traveling, and genealogy.

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  1. kathy walker

    Susan Bauer’s products are wonderful. Thanks for this opportunity.

  2. Tonya

    My first grader would LOVE this! We’re fairly new to homeschooling so still trying out different learning styles and techniques. How fun would it be to learn and relearn all that history together!

  3. Jessica

    I love the craft projects, and the lists of resources that this curriculum offers, and we LOVE having stories read aloud. I would love to win these books!!

  4. Wendy Raaft

    I have thought about using this for my 6th grader as a supplement. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  5. Karyn

    My kid love history. These books look great!

  6. Amy

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have friends that have used and encouraged me to use SOTW with my 3 elementary hsers. We don’t have a set history curriculum yet, so this would be great for next year.

  7. Amanda S

    We would love to have this resource in our homeschool!

  8. Wendi

    I have been planning on buying these for my daughters. Winning them would be even better!

  9. Would love to win! I keep eyeing these books at the store

  10. I like the idea of history being a story rather than facts and dates being jammed into one’s head. God bless.

  11. Susan

    Happy to toss my name into the “hat” — have heard these books are wonderful and have been considering adding them to my curriculum!

  12. Holly

    We are starting 1st grade next year with our oldest and we are planning on using SOTW. I cannot wait to start reading this to my son, I am sure we will both love this series! Thanks!!

  13. Please don’t enter me….just to say, we have these books and I love the way in which they’re written. I hope the winner enjoys them!
    Love, Anne (in Scotland, so the postage wouldn’t be cheap either!)

  14. Tammy Johnson

    Even if I don’t win- thanks for sharing this product as I am looking for something like this for my homeschoolers!

  15. Michelle

    I would LOVE to win these. I have wanting to buy them, but have just not ben able to. Thank you for the opportunity.

  16. Jamie

    My 1st grader loves the Story of the World. We bought the CD’s and she listens to them as bed time stories.

  17. Rhonda Hopper

    I have heard many wonderful things about these books and I would love to try them out on my 3 kids. Thanks.

  18. Christina Rowgo

    Love these books! I have #3.

  19. We would love to win this too! We have SOTW Modern day but not these titles!

  20. Melissa Woods

    This would be great to use next year with my 2 youngest, exactly where we’re going with history.

  21. Trisa Sessions

    Giving is better than receiving and what a joy it is to give and what a joy it is to receive 🙂 I am new at this homeschooling thing. My husband loves history and tries his best to teach our children history… these books would be perfect for him to read to the kids!! Thanks for having an open hand 🙂

  22. Deana Hayes

    What an awesome giveaway! I love history, and I’ve heard such great things about this curriculum. I hope to win – and I’ll go ahead and say congrats to the person that does. 🙂

  23. Torie Pendleton

    I have been contemplating using this for a few years and would love to get it without having to pay. :}

  24. Betsy McCaskey

    After previewing these wonderful books from the library I just had to put them on our “wish list”. They are captivating resources that will be fun to revisit over course of many years! Thank you, to you and your friends, for making these goodies available for grabs! =)

  25. Rochelle

    I have heard many wonderful things about The Story of The World! I would love to have this to add to our curriculum – we have three children ages, 4, 6, and 10 and I think the time is right to add such a book to our studies! I worked outside the home for the past two years and homeschool became just a chore for our family. This year, I am back home with our children and am eager to bring us all back to the place where homeschool is FUN again, where living is learning, and our childrens lives are enriched. Thank you for offering such a resource!

  26. catherine niven

    We love Susan Bauer! History is no longer a dreaded subject in our home!

  27. Maria Howe

    I like that it is supposed to make History more exciting(I enjoy history). I have wanted to get this set. Just got the audio for volume one from the Library in my town, haven’t started it yet with our 5 children. Thank you

  28. Melissa

    I love that these can be all inclusive. While you can use additional resources, you don’t have to make it to the library or buy another book to be able to do every lesson.

  29. I love how story of the world works for kids of all ages! It is AMAZING!!

  30. Stacy

    History in story form is wonderful for learning retention.

  31. I like that I can use this with all three of my children. I have yet to find a history curriculum that I love. Would love to give this a try!

  32. Emelyn

    I would love to have SOTW.

  33. Carrie Wild

    My family loves history and this curriculum sounds like it would be fun! Thanks for offering it.

  34. I just want them! LOL! Sorry that was so straight forward. I would like to have them for our upcoming school year.

  35. Becky Keasler

    Have always wanted them,never been able to get them.Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. Amy

    We’re studying beginning world history this year using Sonlight core 1, with the Children’s History of the World. This would make a wonderful companion set!

  37. I have heard many great things about this series. It can be used with multiple levels of children, something that us moms with many kids of varying ages strive to do…teach them together!

  38. Lisa Weir

    This is a great opportunity to win a fantastic curriculum!!! It would be a great addition to my kids homeschooling adventure!!
    Thanks for this chance!!

  39. Amy Giove

    I love reading history with my children in story form. If I can better process and store the information, how excellent must it be for them?

  40. Andrea

    I have heard good things about this series and would love to have it for my family. We enjoy reading about history and it would fit well into our school.

  41. Marylou

    Oh my goodness! What a great offer! We were just looking at these at another homeschool mom’s house and thought they looked like such fun! There are all sorts of different crafts and other books you can incorporate into each chapter. My daughter said ” this is definitely way cool”. (That’s a good thing…I think!)

  42. Angela Munoz

    I’ve anticipated my 6 year old being old enough for this series for a long time. Finally, at first grade, we’ve been able to do it at co-op. I would love to have more resources for her because we want to do year 2 next year and continue the series. It’s been a fun journey so far. Great series!

  43. Sherral

    I have looked at these online several times. I’ve put off buying some of our curriculum due to budget this year (we will have summer lessons to keep up), so winning these books would really help. I use both “Language Lessons for the Well Trained Mind” and “Writing with Ease” and appreciate this families dedication to education.

  44. Kristen

    I just recently purchased SOTW and was showing them to a dear friend of mine. She loved them and expressed interest in purchasing them for her son. I would love to win these and pass them on to her.

  45. Chrysta Shipman

    My son loves history and we are always looking for more history books.

  46. Merideth

    I have heard great things about this curriculum and have considered purchasing it. Winning it, instead of purchasing it, would make me love it all the more! 🙂

  47. This would be a WONDERFUL addiction to our library. We do public school at this time but I tell the kids and we live the life of learning is ALL AROUND US and doesn’t even begin at “school”. It is not uncommon to see my kids “learning” outside of school.

    This series would really help them to see REAL history!

  48. julie k.

    we love these books, have completed volumes 2 & 3, but do not own #1 or #4. have a neighbor who is borrowing #2 from me now, so it would make a great gift 🙂

  49. Cindy Viebke

    I’d love to have the books for my boys! Thanks :!)

  50. Christine Smith

    I hear wonderfull things about this curriculum, but have never read it myself. I would love to use it with my four children. Thank you for offering it! 🙂


  51. Shelly

    This curriculum is fantastic! I would love a chance to win!

  52. Stacy Burnett

    I have always heard such great things about this series and how they appeal to children. I think they would be an excellent addition to our homeschool.

  53. Sarah

    I keep hearing about these books and would love to have my own set! Thanks.

  54. Tiffany Abendshein

    I would love to win these books. Thank you!

  55. Megan V

    I have read their books and I am dying to get The Story of th World Vol 1 & 2 for my son!!! I think this will be a great educational experience for him.

  56. Simone Davis

    This would be wonderful!Thankyou!

  57. kim stubblefield

    My children and I love any view of how the world began. More than one opinion on this subjects exists and We love to see ideas from different people. Thanks!

  58. Tricia Puritz

    Would love to win these. Even my husband wants to read them for his own education! Thanks so much for your generosity!

  59. Jessica M.

    This is great! My son is doing ancient history and I’ve recently heard how good these books are.It’s very sweet of you to offer these.Thanks!

  60. Deanna

    I would love to win this series. My 7 year old son would love it.

  61. Shelly C

    Would love to have these resources!

  62. Melissa King

    Have read positive reviews about these books. Love how they are told in “story form,” so as to keep the child engaged. 🙂

  63. Jeanette

    Love the history stories in the book..

  64. Chiana

    Used a copy of volume 1 before and the kids really enjoyed the flow of the stories. Would love to get them round classical round #2.

  65. Brenda

    Have been thinking about reading these with my boys. Would love to try them out!

  66. Faye

    I almost bought these for this year’s history . . . but chose another curriculum instead. I’m thinking about going classical next year, and I would love these!!

  67. Teressa

    Just started homeschooling and looking for materials. my kids really love history and this looks like a great set for them to learn from.

  68. I already have the first one and my son loves it. It is so hard to find a Social Studies lesson that a child loves let alone the whole thing. I really only need the second one, so if someone else wins the first one that would be awesome.

  69. gina

    Looks like a great addition to our homeschool library!

  70. Susan S

    Would love to have these to use in our Clasical Conversation studies.

  71. Crystal T

    Love these! I have them in my wish list at amazon right now!

  72. Linda S

    Looks like a great resource!! I have been meaning to get my hands on these!

  73. Lori D.

    LOVE Susan Wise Bauer’s products. These would be a great addition to our homeschool curricula!

  74. Christina

    I sounds like a great series! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  75. Juli A.

    I love how these books tell History in a chronological story form!

  76. Jenny

    My kids and I really enjoy history. I would love to try these!

  77. Chris

    Just saw them at the book store, they look good!

  78. Petrie

    I have heard great things about this series and I’ve wanted to try it!

  79. Haleigh

    Oh I want these I love how they lay history out

  80. Amanda

    I have wanted these for so long thanks for the chance to win

  81. Linda

    WOuld love to have these

  82. Linda

    I have heard so pretty great things about these

  83. Debra

    This would be great to win!

  84. Sabrina

    I would love to have this! I have looked over a friends and loved it. Its on my wish list

  85. Kim

    History and Geography are difficult subjects to learn AND to teach. I love that these books use the power of story-telling to hook the reader and the chronological order to encourage cause-and-effect thinking.

  86. Eileen Boley

    I have looked at these and like the chronological, story method of presenting History. It would be great to have these. Thanks for your consideration.

  87. julia

    WOuld love this for our new but expanding homeschooling library! thanks for all you do!

  88. Kim D

    I love that they are history in chronological order.

  89. Tara C

    We are planning on pulling our daughter out of school to homeschool her and these are exactly what I’ve been looking for!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!!

  90. Nicole Hale

    I’m so totally into history – especially the Charlotte Mason-type of history!!! I’ve been looking for these books for over a year now – this would be too cool! I would just love the chance to win these for my children!!!!!

  91. Heather

    Using Vol 3 for Biblioplan and it’s great. Could definitely use these in the next years. Thanks for posting.

  92. Would love to use these as an introduction to world history for my children. Based on the reviews, I’d probably purchase the activity book to use in conjunction.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. My son is a HUGE history buff and I think he’d really enjoy these.

  94. Tina E.

    I would love to have SOTW. I hope I win.

  95. Jennifer

    Loved “The Well Trained Mind” and her philosophy for teaching/learning! I like that she uses children’s natural love of hearing stories to teach them about history.

  96. Lila

    Good history books are hard to find…been meaning to get these to read with my children for a while; would love to win them instead of having to buy them! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  97. Kristin

    Getting ready to start homeschooling my son and I’ve been looking through loads and loads of different curriculum. This is one that seems to be standing out from the rest. I would love to have it for when we’re starting in on our history!

  98. Kendal

    I like that these make history more interesting, and are designed for elementary kids. Thanks!

  99. Stevi

    I’m looking for a good history book & this series has been suggested by several homeschoolers – would love to have them!

  100. Karleen Mauldin

    Would love to have these for my “last” homeschooler — my 7 year old! Big gap between the 14 year old and him, so we got rid of a lot of things I could be using now!!

  101. Rebecca

    I have heard great things about these books. Thanks for a chance to win.

  102. Nancy~Jane Holbrook

    true history is very important to learn, this is a great opportunity in this resource

  103. Kimberlee

    History that is in read-aloud format? Sounds great to me!

  104. Kim Dusek

    Yay! We’re starting our classical education next year. Can’t wait! These look great!

  105. Natalie

    Have borrowed these items in the past…. Would love to own them. They are awesome!

  106. Pascha Franklin

    Oh man! this would be awesome to win. I ordered it at our local store and they accidentally ordered me two workbooks and now they say they don’t carry the books anymore. So, I have a workbook with no textbook to go with it. wah! 🙂 I know I can order it online. But if I win, I won’t have to. 🙂

  107. I have heard *wonderful* things about these books. Thanks for the chance to win!

  108. Our charter school homeschooling teacher just recommended this series, thanks for posting a giveaway!

  109. Excellent resource. Thanks for posting a giveaway.

  110. Ria

    Ah, now here’s something I would enjoy having! I LOVE history, and have always felt my collection of history books is incomplete because I have no SOTW volumes. 😉

  111. Julie Scott

    Would be nice to actually own these. I keep getting them out from the library and having to return them. 🙂 They are supplemental right now, as we’re using Mystery of History, but my girls really like listening to the stories.


    Would love, love, love these! Thanks for the chance! We have them read by Jim Weiss but I have those old enough to need to see it and review it.

  113. Michelle

    Would love to own these;) borrowed from a friend until she needed them back!

  114. Katrina

    I am always looking for great history resources and have heard some wonderful things about these books.

  115. ANewBeginngin

    Think this would be a great addition to you library!

  116. Shannon

    Heard these were great- good for all 4 kids!!

  117. Windsore

    I love teaching my kids history not just social studies.

  118. MaryP

    Have heard lots of good things about these books, but have yet to get around to getting them…this would be a great start!

  119. kate

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about these books, would love to have them for my son!

  120. Sheri

    I have heard good things about these books, but have not yet used them in our studies. I would love to win these and incorporate them into our studies.

  121. Wendy Monsanto

    These are wonderful with our Classical Conversations curriculum! We have one of the audio cd’s, but would love to have the books!

  122. Love these books! And I love that you’re doing this! If I had curriculum we weren’t currently using, I’d do it on my blog. 🙂

  123. Thanks for offering these! We had the first volume and loved it, but made the mistake of letting someone borrow it and never saw it again. I like these because of the simple but thorough presentation of each subject. My kids really learned and never got bored.

  124. Marcy Novak

    I’m planning on starting SOTW with my first grader next fall. Love the series.

  125. Stephanie Billings

    This would go hand in hand with “Annals of the World: James Ussher’s Classic Survey of World History”. We tend to be a history heavy homeschool family so this would be perfect for all the kids!

  126. jodi

    I like the way it is written as well as the activities.

  127. I would love to win, thanks!

  128. Tara forehand

    Have heard wonderful things about these books, would love to have them.

  129. Melissa C

    We have used “Mystery of History” and a lot of my friends have recommended “The Story of the World”. I have heard so many positive things about it, I may use it next year.

    Thanks for a great website!

  130. glenda

    I like that this item can be used by one or more children in the family at the same time. Would love to win them!

  131. We loved the SOTW! The stories are short and captivated my younger children and the activities that went along with it were fun and memorable. I’d love to have the 1st volume!

  132. Joy

    I like how the History is written in story form. Thanks!

  133. Kimberly Wyatt

    This looks like a wonderful resource!

  134. Love this series and would love to have the product. Thanks

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