I was initially unhappy with the new reader and companion guide format. However, upon review of the reader I like the format much better and wish that the previous two volumes had been available in this format. It is much easier to tailor this to fit a more advanced elementary course than it is with the first two volumes. That said, all three are wonderful elementary history texts. They are the best out there and you can't go wrong purchasing them. Be aware that these are elementary texts, not middle school and certainly not high school level. If that's what you're looking for keep going, this does not have the depth or breadth to be truly considered for upper grades. Unfortunately, I do not forsee future orders through CBD. When the shipping information states that I will receive my package in certain time frame I expect that I will receive it in that time frame. Unfortunately, what now happens is that in that time frame FedEx deliveres to the pacage to the USPS who then delivers it to you in 1-8 plus days. While it is in their hands there is no tracking. My last order wasn't very late but still, even counting business days only it was late and not delivered in the time frame for which I paid. Since CBD isn't posting this information, as they should, with the checkout information, hopefully they will post it in the form of my review.
She has written this History Book with simpliest yet great knowledge for all ages. My children enjoy reading and listening to me read with great enthusiasim. We have done all Three Volumes and have greatly enjoyed each and everyone. The book brings history to life with so much enjoyment.
Taking into consideration that I have never enjoyed History, this book is fabulous. My boys and I began Mystery of History this school year, 2009-2010, and so far we rank this as the Best Ever History Book! The author writes in a way that keeps you interested and entertained. We don't want to put it down when our class is over. We also enjoy looking up the videos that are listed to get a birds-eye view of what we just read about.
This is the 3rd book in a wonderful series. This volume is not only full of wonderful info, but is beautifully illustrated as well. I like that the student reader and the activity book are separate with this volume. It's much less bulky than the previous two volumes. This series points to Christ as the Mystery that links all of history together and does a good job of reviewing previous lessons, demonstrating how one event affects another and so on...