Tuesday, April 13, 2010

History for the Elementary Student: A Feast for the Eyes and Mind

Early Renaissance Biographies

Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press by Bruce Koscielniak

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul L. Maier

Galileo Galilei: Starry Messenger by Peter Sis

Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England by Diane Stanley


Carrie said...

Oh, goody! Most of these are alreay on my list for next year ... so glad to hear you guys are enjoying them!

carole said...

Thanks! This is exactly what we're studying right now.

mdvlist said...

These are beautiful! What age group are they aimed at?

Joni said...

Starry Messenger is one of our favorites. Truly touching to think of all that Galileo went through with the Church, when in fact he turned out to be right. Also, just a note, there is a great Jim Weiss CD on his story as well. It's called Galileo and the Stargazers, I think.

Heidi said...

mdvlist~ Honestly, I think they are wonderful for any age. They are picture books and the illustrations are beautiful, but most of them are quite packed with information. I certainly learned something with each one. I'd probably say they are most perfect for ages 7-10, though.

Joni~ Thanks for mentioning that CD. We've really enjoyed it.

Stefani said...

yay!!! Thank you!
We've just begun a study of the renaissance. Right now we're knee deep in building a cardboard castle, cathedral and medieval village, so these books will be very timely!

ohio12 said...

Heidi, This is right where we are in history as well. Glad to see I have some of those books already! I love the recs though..please never stop recommending books!

Are you ever frustrated that there are SO MANY good books for this time period? I don't know how in depth to go or how long to spend on any one thing. I feel like I could spend a year on the Renaissance and the Reformation! How do you decide how long to dwell on one topic? thanks, Laura

Heidi said...

ohio12~ Yes, there are so many wonderful books to choose from. And even more heading in to early modern history. My sister and I share history books, since she is over a year ahead of us on the history rotation. I just go through our joint collections, try to see what the library has, and then go from there. If it takes a little longer to go through the chapters, so be it. Luckily, my son is a fast reader. :)

~beautyandjoy~ said...

The Luther one is one of our very favourites!