My daughter loves this book and is fascinated my the stories. She's 5 so she is reading through this with some help since the concepts are still a little difficult for her to understand. Her 8 year old cousin is also reading it and loves it. I eventually plan to teach this to my two other younger children so I bought the hardcover version. It is very well made.
The book is well written and conversational in style. The chapters are broken down into sections that allow our elementary age student to learn in digestable amounts. The activity book further emphasizes the "fun" of studying history.
I like history that is fun and not dry textbook. This meets my expectations. Its written in a fun way and coincides beautifully with CHOW and USBORNE book of world history which my son absolutely loves. He loves history and doesn't even know he is learning. We got the companion activity book and it has awesome ideas and fun things to do
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.