What a FUN way to teach US history! The pages are thick, bright and beautiful. There are cutouts of the states/country on most pages. Every time you turn the page it adds more cutouts of the states as they were added to our country. It a wonderful concept that teaches about events such of the Louisiana purchase. The way the books teaches makes the concepts VERY easy to remember. I give it an A++++++
12/27/2019 9:32 AM
Very cool concept!
This book is so cool! You uncover more states with every page turn and read quick facts about America's history along the way. Fun, non-intimidating way to learn history for sure. The opposite page becomes a mural of famous people.
1/10/2020 11:12 AM
better than I expected
I couldn't wait to receive this book, but was even more blown away than I expected to be once it finally arrived. There are cut-outs with each turn of the page that expand, adding more tid-bits and facts about what was going on during those particular years. It's fun and fascinating enough for a Kindergartener, yet intriguing enough that my 14 year picked it up to look over. I can't recommend this one enough!
2/7/2020 11:36 PM
Love the die cuts!
As a previous history teacher and now a homeschool mom I absolutely love this book! So many fun facts and I love how it works it way through the History of the United States with a visual of how the states are added starting with the 13 colonies. We are excited to use this year with our homeschool curriculum!
8/19/2020 7:28 AM
This book is awful!
My educational background is in history and children's librarianship, and I cannot recommend this book at all. I purchased it for my daughter who is developing an interest in history. From the description, I thought it would show how the US grew through various land purchases and treaties over time, and I thought it would give her a visual and tactile resource that would help her toward meaningful understanding. Instead, the book is randomly organized (organized is a strong word), and several of the maps are actually inaccurate. No historical context is given for the growth of the country. Rather, the pages are filled with trivia which might have meaning if you already have a pretty good understanding of the time period, but which will be totally meaningless as an introduction. These little nuggets of information are not even well written. For example, "Jamestown, First Colony" (well, the title is misleading, as Jamestown was a settlement, not a colony) says that Jamestown is both "permanent" and that it "died out." Even if both those things could be simultaneously true, this is a very confusing way to present it. So the book is poorly organized and inaccurate, but that's not even the worst thing about it. I checked the copyright because I couldn't believe this book was written recently. 2020, as it turns out. Unbelievable. There is such a Manifest Destiny/Doctrine of Discovery tone, with headings like "Exploring New Land, A Country of Pioneers, and Sea to Shining Sea." Further, there is almost a nationalist tone, which is dangerous in our current context--perhaps that's not surprising, as context in general is not something this book seems to understand. I would not give this to a child any more than I would hand them a pack of cigarettes. I hate to leave a bad review for any book, but this one really earned it. Please do not give this book to children and contribute to another generation's deeply flawed understanding of history.
4/25/2021 3:46 PM