As a Mom of Masterbooks, we were given the opportunity to review “Big Book of History”.
This neat hardcover book actually houses a timeline that you pull out – it stretches to 15 feet long! I would have taken pictures of it in its stretched-out glory, but to be honest I don’t have 15 feet of clean house at the moment. Truly. No worries though, I’ll point you to some places where you can see it.
One thing I can tell you about the pages of this book is that they are STURDY. They’re not made of flimsy paper as I had feared. My kids (6 & 2.5) love to stretch it out and run alongside it. Or (and this makes me cringe) on it. I don’t know why that’s so fun, but I keep catching them doing that. But it is holding up VERY well – no rips or tears or anything.
The timeline itself is color-coded so that it shows the Biblical/Christianity events on one line, World events on another line, Inventions and Technology on a third line, and Civilizations and Empires on a 4th line.
The timeline folds up accordian style and you can just as easily flip through the pages as you would a regular book. Because of the running across the pages that I mentioned previously, flipping through it book-style is our preferred method – at least for now.
One of the many neat facts that I found out was that the constellation that we know of as the Big Dipper was mentioned in the Bible:
“Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night:
that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:” -Amos 5:8
Did youknow that the 1st chocolate bar was made in 1847 A.D. by Joseph Fry and Son? Or that tin cans were invented by Peter Durand in 1810 A.D.? (this book sounds like it would be good to keep on hand during a game of Trivial Pursuit – haha!).
Thomas Edison is well-known for inventing the light bulb, but did you know that he was also the inventor of:
- the electric voting machine
- electric lamps
- motion pictures
- talking dolls
- recorded music
- stock ticker
- battery for electric cars
I find the format slightly confusing because it seems that it’s not totally laid out chronologically from left to right. For example, one of the page flaps talks about events in 1860 and 1852, both all the way to the left. To the right of that it talks about events in 1859….
Aside from that, I love the pictures, and that this book is chock full of neat facts. I also love that it starts out talking about the days of Creation, and how each day is a literal 24-hour day. I had heard supposition growing up that perhaps a “day” in terms of the days of Creation, could be any length of time that had a beginning and an end.
Also peppered throughout the book are helpful lists like:
- the 10 plagues;
- the 12 sons of Jacob (who became the ancestors of the 12 tribes of Israel);
- the apostles and their fates;
- the books of the New Testament, their authors, and the year(s) that they were written;
- people and events of the Protestant Reformation;
- American Presidential assassinations and attempted assassinations;
- a small list of countries around the world and the year that they became free and sovereign.
If this book sounds like something that you and your family would enjoy, you have a chance to win this and other prizes at the Moms of MasterBooks Twitter party. Here are the details:
Join us on Tuesday, October 25th at 8pm CST.
use hashtag #tttrollcall to let us know that you’ve joined (just one time to “sign in”, so to speak)
use hashtag #teachthetruth to follow along with the party.
My favorite twitter party site is TweetChat – they insert the hashtag for you!
With each question that is posted, there will be a link to the site that contains the answer. Make sure to follow the link and find the answer on one of the Moms of MasterBooks websites. To get a head start, check out these posts:
Eryn – MamaHall
Rebecca – Moms Mustard Seeds
Ashley – Teaching Jenny
Stephanie B – Bowmania
Cindy – Get Along Home
Christy – DevotionMama
Stephanie – MomKaboodle.com (this site!)
Gretta Johns – The Johns Family
Karen – FaithFamilyFibro
and this site, of course!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Absotively Posilutely from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.