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Trying Again: Story of the World Vol. 1 & 2 Up For Grabs

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The first two attempt to give away these books failed. I am listing them again, but please, if you do not intend to respond to the email if you win, do not enter! Thanks.

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. Wonderful! What a great blessing! It is very generous of you to give these books away.

    Bible verse: Acts 20:35

    🙂 Happy Day!


  2. Beth Lenderman

    I wold love to have these two books. We have done Mystery of History in the past and have heard that this series is similar. We will finish MoH this year and are looking for next’s year’s material.

  3. I have been wanting to get these for my daughter. From what I have seen, these would be perfect for her.

  4. Maria

    Oh, I have ALWAYS wanted these books for my son and the only reason we don’t already have them is that I’m always looking for a decent deal on them at consignment sales and haven’t yet! These books, I believe, will tell the ‘story’ of history in an intriguing and exciting way–the way history SHOULD be taught! Thank you for this opportunity! 🙂 I promise I’ll respond! 🙂

  5. Robin

    I would LOVE to have these books. I love history and am trying to bring it to life for my girls!

  6. Renee

    We are well into our second year of homeschooling our currently 7 & 5 yr. old (w/2 more coming up). We are using the classical education model and I’ve heard great things about these books. I have been planning to get them at some point anyway.

  7. Bonny Wenninger

    I would love to have these books! I always get excited about acquiring great reading material, especially if the reading is the original text!

  8. Joyce

    I would love to win these! I’ve heard a lot of great things about them, and I would love to try them.

  9. kirsten walker

    Yes, yes!!
    Pick me! I would love to have them.

    Thanks so much

  10. Rhonda Hopper

    I’ve heard great things about these books and would love to have them.

  11. Chris

    Would love to have these books. We LOVE this series and have been book sharing. This would be great now that my oldest can read it on her own as well.

  12. Kathleen

    I have been looking at these and checking out the reviews. I would love to have this curriculum for my 9 yr old son.

  13. Robin

    I’ve always wanted these books since we began homeschooling but have either never been able to afford them or can’t find them when I can . ha.We would thoroughly enjoy and use them.

  14. Marjie

    I have seen these books at conventions and read reviews that recommended these books. Count me in! Thanks!

  15. Keri W

    These books are wonderful. We’d be thrilled to have them!

  16. Kelly G

    I wold love to make world history exciting to my kids!! I have heard so many great things about these books!!!!!

  17. Jessica K

    Oh, I would love to win these. I need them for next year. 🙂

  18. Eileen

    I really like the complete, chronological presentation of History. I think it would help me as much as my daughter to better understand History. Thank you so much for this very kind offer!

  19. Sonya

    We are just starting out and trying to build up our library of resources and this sounds great. It’s just what we need !!

  20. Melissa

    I would love to have these books for my daughter. We really enjoy history.

  21. Daphna Wilker

    These look like wonderful books. I would love the chance at getting them… Good luck to everyone though 🙂

  22. Oh these would be a great addition to my resource library! And if my kids should happen to read them, that’s a bonus! LOL. Thanks Mary Ann. You know I’m your favorite. Pick me.

  23. Heather Berryman

    My kids could SO benefit from these books! Thanks for offering them! Hope we win! 🙂

    …and WE will respond!

  24. Natasha

    I would absolutely love these!

  25. Rebecca P

    Would love these books. I have them on my wishlist right now at Amazon!

    Thanks so much!

  26. I would love to win these. I would absolutely respond if I win. Thanks for offering these!

  27. Beth

    I have heard a lot about these books and have considered using them in our school. Free would be awesome!

  28. Amanda

    Would love to be considered for these books! Definitely need them for my kiddos next year 😉

  29. Sarah

    I love Susan Wise Bauer and am planning on following her recommendations (and using these books) to homeschool my 5 kids. I love how she uses reading to teach history and can’t wait to get started.

  30. catherine

    We would LOVE to have these books to use!

  31. Betsy McCaskey

    It would be awesome to have these wonderful resources! In fact, I’m almost giddy just thinking about it! I will reply promptly if chosen! Thank you for the opportunity! =)

  32. Amy

    Would love the books. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  33. Jessica B

    These look awesome! Thanks for the chance. 🙂

  34. Juli A.

    Would absolutely love to have these books!
    …crossing our fingers…

  35. Susan

    happy to toss my name in that hat again! thanks for another chance at winning the books!

  36. Amy

    We LOVE SOTW. We’re using Vol. 2 this year, so we would LOVE a copy of Vol. 1 for another year.
    Thank you!

  37. Kim

    I still love these books, and I check my email daily. My children LOVE to be read stories, and these history books are just what we need.

  38. Teressa Perkins

    Just started homeschooling and am looking for anything I can get my hands on. Have heard really good things about these books and my son loves history.

  39. Jenn Buckner

    Would love the opportunity to have these in my home to teach my daughters! Heard great things about them!

  40. Perfect timing…I’m looking for something just like this and hadn’t heard of this series. Looks great!

  41. Love to have these. I really love that they can be all inclusive or used with supplements. I LOVE it when I can skip the library once and school doesn’t stop.

  42. Bobbi Jasay

    I’m a history NUT, and would LOVE these books. Thank you!

  43. Carrie

    I love history books that make it come alive for the reader. These books sound fantastic, and thanks for generously offering them!

  44. Deanna

    I would absolutely LOVE to win these books for my 11 year old son! He thoroughly enjoys history & these would make a wonderful birthday gift for him! Thank you so much for this awesome offer!

  45. Wendy Raaft

    I would love to have these.

  46. I never cared for history. I hope my boys can learn to love it through these books.

  47. Heather

    I am using Vol 3 right now, so I would love to have 1 & 2 also.

  48. I am doing Classical Conversations with my kids and this would be the perfect supplement. I would TOTALLY use them and share them with others when I’m done! God Bless

  49. Dani

    Me please!!!

  50. Debbie B

    HaHaHa.. I loved the part that we didn’t have to say, “your husband just left you and your house burned down and you lost your job so you really *need* the item”! I love history and want something different than what we have.

  51. Jenny Mosley

    Would love to have them!! Thank u for offering them 🙂

  52. Lisa

    Love the books. Would love to have them for my boys. I think it’s important to teach history, and something kid-friendly is always nice to have.

    Thanks for the entry.

  53. Juli Webster

    I use The Well-Trained Mind with my two boys- these would be a lovely addition! Thanks for the chance!

  54. Tara C

    We are in the process of taking our daughter OUT of the public school system and homeschooling her…. These books are on my WANT TO BUY list!!! I definitely would use these and definitely am interested in them!!!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win them!!

  55. Rebecca St ann

    I am a huge history buff and I’m always looking for additional resources to supplement our curriculum. I have an USA History book, but the kids are really curious about ancient times.

  56. Chelsea

    I would LOVE these! I have 6 kids, so they would get a lot of use! Thanks!

  57. Jodi

    These books are great.

  58. Alli

    Awesome!! I’ve been wanting a more “involved” history than what we’ve been doing. I think my boys are ready for it!

  59. Angela Kruse

    I know my girls would love these books…oh i hope I win…I will definetly respond! thanks for all you do!

  60. Pattie Hooke

    Family would love to have these books! Thanks for all you do.

  61. Cynthia Johnson

    We would love to add these to our homeschool library!

  62. alisa mandel

    Wow, we would love to have these! I had a chance to read a few chapters to my children and they really enjoyed them. Thanks for doing this.

  63. Tina E.

    I am planning on purchasing these for my kids. I would be great to win them!

  64. Felicia

    I would absolutely love these books! I think history is so fun and I want to pass that love onto my children!

  65. I have so many wonderful things about these books and would LOVE to use them with my kids!
    Thank you!

  66. Nelda

    I have a son who craves knowledge. Thanks 😀

  67. Lannette Ring

    I would love this! This is what we were planning to use for curriculum in the fall with our kids and to win them would be awesome!!!!

  68. Jaime Brown

    I am planning to use this material next year for my son, and it would be such a blessing to win these books!!!! I am so excited. Thank you for posting so many chances to win goodies. 😉

  69. Chrissey

    What a great give-away! These are on our wish list…thanks for the opportunity to win a set!

  70. I would love these books. We just started a class on World History with another teen and we’re working our way through history with the two of them. These would definitely be useful! Thanks for offering them.

  71. I would LOVE to have them! We are badly in need of a good history curriculum!! 🙂

    Thank you!

  72. Korah Smith

    ooh ooh ooh, pick me!!! lol.. i have heard of these books and have been wanting to get them for my homeschool…

  73. Jennifer Holmes

    Would love to have these! I think it keeps us more interested when a stroytelling format is used. Makes history come alive for us.

  74. Kelly

    I would love, love, love these books, they would really be a great asset to our curriculum! Thanks for being so generous!

  75. Sara Veldman

    Heard great things about this curric!

  76. Shelley

    Would love to add these books to our history study! Will definitely respond ~

  77. Amy

    Would love these!

  78. Marcie Scott

    I would love these books. They would be a great addition to our school library!! Please pick me!!!!!

  79. Patricia

    I’m so sorry that your generous offer has not been followed up on by the previous winners. Hmmm …I just don’t understand. Be that as it may, my boys and I would love to have these books as a part of our history curriculum. Thank you!

  80. Neat idea! I really like the classical curriculum laid out in The Well Trained Mind so would definitely like to have these on my shelf. Thanks!

  81. Kim

    New to classical education, these look like they would be a GREAT addition! I hope I win! 🙂

  82. Kristenburns

    I could realities these. Thanks!

  83. Brandice

    Would love to win these!

  84. Sandy

    Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve heard GREAT things!!

  85. Christina Rogers

    I have heard great things and would love to check it out myself.

  86. Marylou

    My daughter, age 8, said that this would be “way too cool” to use for homeschool…that means it would be a good thing. So ,PLEASE!!!

  87. Sandy

    Thanks for the opportunity. I’d love to have ACCURATE history books!!

  88. Keely

    I would love to have these books!

  89. Casey

    Oh please enter me in the drawing! I have heard so many great things about SOTW, but new books just aren’t in our budget right now. My daughters would just love them.

  90. Nicole Roller

    I would love to have these books in order to learn more about history and to teach my son more about history when the time comes.

  91. Amy

    *waves hands in the air with excitement* Me me me! Pick Me! LOL

    Would love to add these to our homeschool books. Thanks for the offer.

    and I will respond if chosen.

  92. Marcy Novak

    I’m going to use SOTW next year with my first grader. I’d LOVE to win these!!!

  93. stacy

    Praying for these to use in our schooling this coming year!!

  94. Cynthia

    I would like to have these books since they are free… what can I say… every homeschooler likes free stuff!:)

  95. I would love to win these books! My daughter and I are just starting history learning and she looooves it! She’ll dance around singing yay history! These books would be a great addition to any history curriculum

  96. I would really like to have these books! I have two reading buffs and my boys would enjoy them!

  97. Melissa Cobb

    I would love these books. This is my first year homeschooling and I’m trying to gather great resources to use for my son. He loves history and he is learning so much through the classical model.

  98. Nancy R

    I love History books because I think History is so incredibly important to teach children. Especially ACCURATE history. 🙂

  99. Gerrie Wallace

    I have joined a Classically Homeschooled coop that is using these books for history. They are on my “to find” list for the summer. I would love to have them.
    Gerrie Lynn

  100. I would LOVE to win these for my son! I am a history geek anyway, and I already have lots of materials to go WITH the books. I just don’t have the books yet!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Steph and Christopher

    P.S. I WILL respond to the e-mail! 🙂

  101. We would really enjoy having these books in our homeschool library! You’d have to be crazy not to respond if chosen! (…and I’m NOT crazy!)

  102. Jamie

    I would love these books! I am planning on starting Story of the World next year! Recently, my friend let me borrow her books to take a look at and I’m excited to get started with it.

  103. Jessica

    My son would love these books because he loves learning about facts and seems fascinated with historic times. Thanks!

  104. Devin Stoaks

    I have the entire set and love them but a friend of mine wants them for her children so I would love to win a set for her so I don’t have to part with my own!!

  105. Stephanie Billings

    I would love them as well, our home is a history home. God says his people perish for lack of knowledge. How can you have knowledge if you don’t know your past?


  106. April

    I would love to have these! I have heard and read such great feedback and did not see this the first time around. My daughter does love history, so this would be wonderful.

  107. Bethany K

    This would fit right in with our history. The kids have asked for more information on early history through the middle ages, and it looks like this would work.

  108. London Ingoglia

    3rd times a charm. I’d love these books.

  109. Julie

    I like Susan Bauer curriculum!

  110. Merideth

    I have heard great things about these books and have considered trying them out. Trying them for free would be even better!

  111. Oooh, pick me, pick me! I will DEFINITELY respond to the email if I win. 😀 I love these books, and have given mine away. I would love to have them back. They make such a fabulous history spine, and I have another child coming up in the ranks

  112. Nicole Hale

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these books!!! I absolutely love history, and am trying to pass on that love to my children. I will ABSOLUTELY respond if I win!!!! 🙂