A History of US - Part 1 (Books 1-5)
Are you looking for an American History course that encourages critical thinking about events past and present, engaging enough that the information sticks? A History of US tells a clear story of United States history with scores of illustrations, photographs, and fascinating sidebars. This award-winning series brings American history to life through occasional first-person comments and striking short biographies. With no religious undertones, A History of US works well for families using charter schools and any family who has a passion for a thought-provoking US history narrative that spans from the earliest unwritten eras to the 21st century. A History of US consists of 10 paperback volumes, neatly divided into two parts, each of which can be completed within a school year. This set, Part 1, includes books 1-5.
Note: Written for a mainstream audience, A History of Us does contain some bits of evolutionary supposition and the like. Additionally, history is brutal, and some text and photographs may be uncomfortable for young students. We are sure that religious and non-religious families alike will find this a beneficial series, but we encourage parents to dialogue often with their students, and if possible, to read or skim ahead of them.
You can purchase the Complete set here:
A History of US - Complete Set (Books 1-10)
Part 2 (Books 6-10) is available here:
A History of US Part 2 (Books 6-10)
Illustrations: Numerous color & b/w illus. throughout
Edition: Revised Third Edition
Author: Joy Hakim
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Awards, Reviews, and Endorsements:
James A. Michener Award in Writing from the National Council of the Social Studies in 1997
Parents' Choice Gold Award in 1995 for a Reference book for ages 9–12
"A big breath of fresh air and the best possible news for the youngsters who get to read these books."
--David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of John Adams
"The liveliest, most realistic, most well-received American history series ever written for children."
--the Los Angeles Times
"One of the best nonfiction series of the decade... Impossible to put down... Belong[s] in every reference collection."
--School Library Journal
"[An] exciting series... Ms. Hakim braids multiple narratives together to bring alive material long dead to children's imaginations."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Joy Hakim didn't rewrite history. But she did make it a whole lot more fun to read."
"Readers young and old will find themselves amused, amazed, and engrossed by this searching, opinionated survey. In every sense a fresh look at our history."
"Merits every accolade, starting with the most personal: I couldn't put it down."
--Washington Post Book World
"A thorough and accurate narrative of our nation's history."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"I think this is the best American history written for young people that I have ever seen."
--David Herbert Donald, Harvard University; Pulitzer prize-winning author of Lincoln
"When master storyteller Joy Hakim wields her pen, you're in for a breathtaking adventure."
"An attention to detail and drama alike make these recommended choices for not only readers ages 8-13 but for entire families."
"Absorbing, real and even fun to read."
--Voice of Youth Advocates
"Books of real substance that speak directly to kids."
--Jean Fritz, author of Shhh, We're Writing the Constitution
I am not very impressed with this set of History books. It doesn't have a workbook. I don't care for all the extra comments written by the author.
So much great information! My 5th grader reads a chapter a day and writes a summary of what she has read, she ALWAYS has something to say about what she has leard and is inspired to see all the places she is reading about. It's a completely engaging and manageable approach to history, great pictures and content.
With all this being indoors this is giving a whole new list to build a road trip on, seeing as we live in the colony of Puerto Rico we are part of the us history and so would have to fly to the mainland but my 10 year old fifth grader is already asking to go to different states to see where the history took place. Great breakdown and the smaller books doesn’t make it so daunting to our youngest.
I find these books to be incredibly well written and engaging for both me and my child. I do wish they came with some kind of activity book, questions, study guide, etc to make it even more interactive.
We bought this to share between our 4th grader and 6th grader. This doesn't come with any sort of teaching guide or suggestions on how to use this in our history unit. It's highly unlikely we could get our kids to sit down and read a chapter from these books. The content is interesting, the way it's presented is not engaging.
Before you purchase, I recommend looking at the sample chapters. (I didn't notice this option was available until I came back to write this review.) If you kid is a history buff that likes reading chapter books, they may find this interesting.