Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stories of Great People & Crafty Inventions

The very first I heard about a book from the Stories of Great People series was when my friend sheila responded to someone's query on the SecularCM Yahoo Group about age-appropriate books on Shakespeare. Knowing that our kids' taste in books was quite similar, I checked out the book she recommended, Shakespeare's Quill. While trying to find more books by the author, Gerry Bailey, I unearthed a whole motherlode of highly-visual, well-written titles on a variety of historical figures and history/ science topics.

The Stories of Great People series profiles a number of famous names--from Marco Polo to The Wright Brothers. Bailey's Crafty Inventions series provides a number of titles that would be a good science/ art complement to studying both ancient and modern civilizations. For instance, the Early Civilizations title discusses how the ancients probably used pulleys and then provides ideas for an experiment. A page on the usage of inks provides a t-shirt printing activity idea.





A page from Columbus' Chart




A page from Early Civilizations

Although these books aren't as tongue-in-cheek as the You Wouldn't Want To series and don't have the bowel-curdling humor of the Horrible series that DS likes, they are a lovely feast for the eyes and a good choice if you just want to dump the curriculum and spark bunny trails for a while. No dumbed-down language. Liberal use of fun typography. Definitely worth a peek if you're looking for illustrated books with a good balance of serious/ humorous text plus just-enough depth to whet the appetite for further study.

5 comments:

  1. Oooh will have to go on a search for those!

    I owe you an email but am only thinking in 1 minute bursts atm so blog comments are all I can manage!

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  2. We recently discovered your blog and enjoy it so much...we want to give you the "One Lovely Blog" award. Go to http://www.layers-of-learning.blogspot.com to pick it up and post it on your site. Thank you!
    Karen and Michelle

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  3. Hey Kerrie! I completely understand :) I'm so glad we can at least find time to chat this way :)

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  4. Karen, thank you so much! I'm very grateful and honored.

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  5. Suji, the books look super! Thanks for posting about them. I will definitely be on the lookout for this author.

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