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Early Modern Times: From Elizabeth the First to the Forty-Niners (The Story of the World #3)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  958 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday
lives—and our children need to learn about the other countries of the
world and their history. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a
captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging,
straightforward manner, The Story of the World: History for the
Classical Child; Volume 3: Early Modern Times
weaves w
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Peace Hill Press
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May 31, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-read
My favorite history curriculum for children in grade school. I LOVE the activity book that can be purchased. Fun activities! The stories are interesting and perfect to introduce children to the world that came before them.
Sep 08, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: readaloud, 2015
Reading this book was our major accomplishment of the summer. It did so much to expand our worldview and help us see how historical events fit together. We especially enjoyed making a timeline to go along with it. Full review here:
May 17, 2012 Becca rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
My kids beg for more every day when we finish our lesson from Bauer's The Story of the World series. Well-written, engaging, and full of information, I have not found a better overview of history for elementary students.
Oct 13, 2016 Congetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are listening to the Story of the World Series in the car. This is in addition to the history we read during school. This series is useful to introduce my son to historical figures and events. I don't expect him to remember everything, but hope certain facts will stick. As it is told in a narrative story, the information is presented in a more user-friendly way for children and makes history interesting. Plus Jim Weiss, the narrator, uses interesting voices, so it adds to the enjoyment of ...more
Bryan Kim
Sep 29, 2016 Bryan Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: sep-2016
I thought that this book was very interesting, and fun because it talks about how thrones were passed down, and the things they did. They also talked about the Gold Rush and about how people were fighting to get the gold in California, and etc. I also thought there was a lot of adventure in it as well as it talks about how travelers in Europe went to Jamestown, the Hudson River, trying to find a way to India. Overall, I thought that this book was very enjoyable because it has a lot of different ...more
Once again, I have to start a review of Susan Wise Bauer's excellent world history for children, in this case, Volume 3: Early Modern Times, by saying I don't agree with all that she has written. Nonetheless, I am happy with our plan to listen to her audio production of these books for preschool. Volume 3 also reinforces my perception that the closer we get to modern times, the more there is to argue about in terms of Bauer's presentation. Obviously, there is a lot more source material for ...more
R. C.
May 20, 2009 R. C. rated it liked it
This is a history of the movement of nations rather than the world-changing ideas of individuals. I suppose I was spoiled for that by Genevieve Foster (who wrote Augustus Caesar's World and others with similar titles) and Poland and Haaren (Famous Men of the Middle Ages). Story of the World titles are very interesting and readable tales of empire building, but I'm afraid the children raised on them will come away thinking the end purpose of humanity according to humanity is to own more land, rul ...more
Kevin Hughes
I'm sorry to say this book was a disappointment. I was really pleased with the first two in the series, which present a relatively comprehensive world history narrative that is accessible and appropriate for young children.

Unfortunately, the author chose to write this volume at a higher grade level than the first two, and I understand that the fourth and last volume is more difficult still. That would be forgivable, even understandable -- but in addition to the reading level, the later volumes a
Oct 08, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately, I've survived to adulthood with an embarrassing lack of historical knowledge. Not even my liberal arts general education university classes taught me history. Now that I'm homeschooling, I needed at least a basic understanding. THIS BOOK HAS BEEN FANTASTIC FOR THAT PURPOSE. I obviously can't assess its accuracy, but my husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed the overview of all of world history and the way Bauer offers perspective and some repetition. We talk about the books ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it
This is another excellent volume in the Story of the World Series, but there is one error I would like to point out. In chapter 29 Bauer writes that Napoleon convinced the pope to change the Catechism of the Catholic Church to say that anyone who fails to honor their emperor is headed for eternal damnation. As I understand it, Napoleon convinced a French bishop to add something like that to a French edition of a catechism. Still not good but quite a bit different than an action done by a pope , ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
I read this a little bit each day over a long period of time. It was good! If you ignore the constant use of exclamation marks. often in inappropriate places! Every second sentence in some places!
But this was a good overview of history around the world, in context, because you're jumping from place to place in roughly chronological order. So you see why France wanted to sell its Louisiana territories because you know what's happening in France and Europe and the Americas. I would recommend it t
Jun 17, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
I'm revising my review from 4 stars to 3. We're having trouble getting through the end of this one. We really liked books 1 and 2, but we're about 75% of the way through 3 and the writing is really starting to get on my nerves. The sentences are less interesting and are jammed together somewhat haphazardly into paragraphs. Also, every other sentence has an exclamation point! Because that shows it's more interesting! It just feels as if it's just trying to tie up all the loose ends around the ...more
Catherine Gillespie
Jul 29, 2015 Catherine Gillespie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, for-kids
Although Bauer’s volumes don’t exactly match our Tapestry of Grace years (TOG Year 3 covers the 1800s, SOTW3 covers 1600-1850), they are a great spine and so well told and memorable. Of all of my (many) educational purchases over the years, buying all four volumes of Story of the World in audio form was probably one of my best decisions.

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Seminole County Public Library
I listen to these often at home when I can't hold a book while preparing meals, baking, or playing with the kids. My older child likes to play these on the road. Starts many conversations as she learns and I relearn bits of history we hadn't previously heard. We use these as a jumping point to explore more about a variety of cultures.

---2015 Summer reading review by Jennifer at the West Branch Library.
The other John
Sep 24, 2008 The other John rated it liked it
Shelves: schoolbook, history
This one's the third of the four volume series, subtitled "History for the Classical Child". It covers world history from around 1600 to the year 1850. Like its predecessors, Ancient Times and The Middle Ages, it presents history as if telling a story. It also bothers to inform the reader what was happening outside of European lands during those years. Check it out.
Jun 05, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it
I don't have much else to add about this book that I didn't say in my previous reviews of this series.

I know a lot of people love them. I don't. They might be good as a review someday. But maybe not.

I think there are better books out there.
Feb 13, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: homeschoolers
My children and I enjoy these CDs on a regular basis. The narrator has an excellent voice and the accompanying music really evokes a feeling for the time period. My children have effortlessly absorbed so much from these CDs. They have been a real asset to our homeschool

We enjoy this series, both in written and audiobook form. This one does seem to focus more on wars than volumes 1 and 2. I would like to read more about art, medicine, fashion - those other things happening besides the wars and power struggles.
Apr 21, 2011 Analee rated it really liked it
We're reading this as part of our History this year. I am learning sooo much. I like that it's the story of the world and not just Europe and America. I love the histories you don't hear about as often from the orient and India etc. . .
Abigail Rasmussen
My Mom did not have "The Story of the World" books when I was in school. However I read all four of them a few years ago and still really enjoyed them. I will definitely be using these books when I am homeschooling my own children someday.
Jan 31, 2013 Shirley rated it it was amazing
I don't remember really learning any history in school. I've always wanted to read a history book that was simple and easy to understand. This fit the bill, maybe because it's written for "the classical child." I learned a lot.
Heather Truett
Aug 23, 2014 Heather Truett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, homeschool
Even though we are no longer homeschooling, we finished this and the boys asked me to buy the next volume for summer reading next year.
Jen Barker
Dec 29, 2012 Jen Barker rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
I like the way this is told in understandable language and story form. Covers a great deal of history in manageable amounts. A good starting off point.
Jan 05, 2013 Lois rated it liked it
Not bad - good for a quick review as well as going into depth in some non traditional subject areas
May 31, 2016 Stacia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: curriculum
Story of the World is a great series. It is written in chronological order, in a conversational manner. Very engaging.
Mar 20, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing
My kids love this book. We are reading it, one chapter each morning and they always ask for more. A great way to learn about world history in story form.
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From the author's website:

Susan’s newest book for Norton, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, was published in May 2015. The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople (2013), is the third in a multi-volume series providing a narrative world history; the first volume, The History
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The Story of the World (4 books)
  • Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor (The Story of the World #1)
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  • The Modern Age: From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR (The Story of the World #4)

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