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Originally published in 1955, A Child's First Book of American History is written in the grand, dramatic, patriotic style of early American readers. Beautifully illustrated by James Daugherty, colored or sepia-tone illustrations stretch across nearly every page, and invoke the past with a sense of grandeur. Covering both the grand events of history as well as the "smaller" changes and awakenings that have made up our country, chapters cover American history from Leif Ericson to the founding of Jamestown to Valley Forge to Lewis & Clark and Normandy Beach during WWII. Chapters on individuals and broader changes in America include those focusing on American education & McGuffey readers, whaling, the Model T, Thomas Edison, baseball, and Lindbergh's flight to Paris. A sweeping epic that will captivate students!

320 cream-colored, illustrated pages; indexed; softcover. 8.5" x 11" x 1".

Please Note: Some opinions used in the 1950s would now be considered to be stereotypical.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Beautiful Feet Books
ISBN: 1893103412
ISBN-13: 9781893103412

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  1. Marie
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Hard for my kiddos to follow
    September 19, 2017
    Marie
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    My kids had a hard time following along and getting interested with these stories with the older way the grammar and English was written. Maybe for older kids, but when I had to stop every few paragraphs and explain what they were saying it took the fun out of it. The pictures look like pencil sketches, so for my 6-11 year old they would rather enjoy full colored pictures and stories that were a little easier to follow along with. I would recommend reading a full story before you purchase to understand how it flows.
  2. Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great history resource
    April 1, 2017
    Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Originally published as The Rainbow Book of American History in 1955 by the World Publishing Company, this book begins about A. D. (NOT C. E.) 1000 with the Viking Leif the Lucky Ericson, who almost certainly touched the coast of modern Canada, calling it Vineland. It continues with the ages of exploration, conquest, and colonization, through our nations independence, early growth, westward expansion, and Civil War, down to the time of World Wars I and II. However, it is not merely a dry, dusty recitation of peoples names, places, dates, and other purely factual information. Rather, following the narrative fashion in which history has been transmitted from generation to generation for thousands of years, it consists of fifty fascinating stories that focus on influential figures during a specific time period, such as Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Davy Crockett, Thomas Edison, and even Mark Twain, all of which showcase Americas uniqueness and greatness.

    Each chapter ranges from five to ten pages and is inundated with attractive, eye-catching illustrations by James Daugherty, some single color but most full color, over 200 in all. Beautiful Feet Books has republished the volume as part of their homeschool history curriculum for primary and intermediate grades. Obviously it would serve not as a complete historical resource but as a good skeleton around which a year-long study of American history can easily be made. The family could read one chapter a week on Mondays, with a one week break in both winter and summer, and then use the rest of each week to dig deeper into the events of that particular time period. There are even discussions about the development of the McGuffey Readers, the Underground Railroad, whaling, the Pony Express, intercollegiate football, the golden spike, the automobile, the World Series of baseball, radio, and the airplanesomething for nearly every interest.

    One editorial note says, Please remember this book was written in 1955 and though the tone of the book is respectful, the terminology is dated. I interpret this to mean that the author, Earl Schenck Miers (1910-1972), truthfully told how things actually happened rather than presenting a politically correct version to keep from offending modern snowflakes and butterflies. Miers did not gloss over the blemishes of our nations past, but neither did he overemphasize them to the point of making America seem inherently evil. He was genuinely fair and balanced. And there is something else I liked. Cathy Duffy of 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum noted, While it is not an overtly Christian book, it discusses religious events positively. In fact, I deeply appreciate Mierss closing observation. The modern Viking, soaring through the clouds above America, sees everywhere the signs of the greatness of God. It is indeed the one truth in which we all believe. It is indeed our richest heritage. I wish this were as true of America in 2017 as it was in 1955. We can hope and pray that it soon will be again.
  3. JaimeG
    Lafayette, CO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Retro Fabulous
    November 1, 2014
    JaimeG
    Lafayette, CO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Child's First Book of Amercian History.
    i read a chapter of this beautifully illustrated book to my four children, ages 5-12, most days at lunch. We all enjoy it!
  4. Kathy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Child's First Book of American History
    June 26, 2013
    Kathy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After reading through V.M. Hillyer's books, "A Child's History of the World" and "A Child's Geography of the World" I began searching for a book written on the topic of American history in a similar format. I did find a book titled "The Rainbow Book of American History," by Earl Schenck Miers which fit the bill. However, the book had gone out of print. Thanks to Beautiful Feet Books, this literary gem is back in print for future generations to enjoy. To begin with the book has a new name, "A Child's First Book of American History." The book's layout has been revised, and the color illustrations by James Daughtery are bolder and brighter thanks to modern technology.

    "A Child's First Book of American History" is a storybook, written in a narrative format with the author telling his children the story of our country. The book covers the time period from Leif Erickson to the dropping of the atomic bomb of World War II. To enhance the text James Daughtery has created memorable illustrations to aid the narrative.

    "A Child's First Book of American History" is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the people, places and events which have molded and shaped our nation.
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