This book is very helpful to me. It has decreased my planning time for activities that will supplement and reinforce what is being learned. It may not be necessary for those who have more time and are naturally creative! However, the last half of the book has reproducible pages such as maps, coloring pages, puzzles, etc. that go along with the chapters and are helpful as well to reinforce the lessons. It definitely decreases my planning time so it's well worth it for me.
I love how this book is written. It is informative yet an "easy read". My fourth grader has enjoyed my reading it to her and I add details to the reading that I have studied, which is not necessary but fun. She enjoys the parts of the book that are written as a story in the time frame for that chapter. We are only through the 4th chapter but we are enjoying it so far.
I have found this book to be well-written and easy to use. In conjunction with the workbook, your child will have a complete history curriculum. My only "wish" would be for some colored pictures or text.