This fascinating, chronological ?walk through history? offers a unique perspective by providing context and connections ?to show how we are all part of, and linked to, the past, the present and the future.' From the first appearance of humans six million years ago up to the modern day, 180 extensively researched and fact-checked entries describe world-changing events and people through time. The topics covered include scientific discoveries; revolutions (political, industrial and scientific); natural and human-made disasters; important books, plays and art; and the people behind it all. Fully illustrated and written in an engaging, accessible, quick-moving style, the entries capture the essence of what makes each subject noteworthy and why it mattered at the time as well as today. ?Learning about history makes you realize that what happens in one place and time can spill over to another,? the authors write. ?Each event creates a ripple effect. Sometimes we don't know what the ripple will be till years later.' They flesh out this cause-and-effect concept in numerous cross-references to other related entries in the book, and in special ?Ripples? boxes that further explore the future impacts of the event. Besides the table of contents, which can function also as a time line, the book contains a separate at-a-glance time line broken down by subject, a particularly helpful resource for social studies lessons, and an extensive index. This essential, thorough, one-stop history sourcebook is sure to find continuous use in the classroom or library.
Grades 4-8. This heavily illustrated title takes readers on a whirlwind tour through historical milestones. The entries range in length; some are brief, taking less than a quarter-page, while more significant ones, such as the rise of the Roman Empire, cover a page. Perhaps the most intriguing additions to many entries are text boxes that show each item’s long-lasting impact on history. The appealing format of the book lends to the readability. Arranged chronologically, the entries set off the approximate time or exact year and the titles in large, bold font; wavy lines separate entries or text boxes; and Leng’s numerous colored illustrations enliven the text. A time line categorizing the items by heading (“Inventions & Discoveries”; “Science, Mathematics & Medicine”; “Arts, Architecture & Language”; “History, Politics & Religion”) places each invention, person, or event in a concise historical context. The detailed index is a useful addition for this title, which will find wide curricular appeal.