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What Really Happened In Ancient Times: A Collection Of Historical Biographies (What Really Happened) [Paperback]

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This collection of historical biographies presents the lives of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary deeds in ancient times. Illustrated with stunning portraits, this inspiring compilation of stories describes with historical accuracy and age-appropriate content the quality character and unbending determination of the following figures: Eve, Noah, Gilgamesh, Imhotep, Daniel, Cyrus the Great, Eratosthenes and Constantine.

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   Knowledge Quest
ISBN  193278621X  
ISBN13  9781932786217  

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More About Terri Johnson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Terri Johnson is the creator of Knowledge Quest maps and timeline ( Her mission for the company is to help make the teaching and learning of history and geography a breeze and an enjoyable activity for both teacher and students. As a homeschooling mother of five, Terri understands the challenges of fitting it all in and and still retaining that "love for learning" in the midst of the chaos of home life. She has created and published over 15 maps and timeline products. Her Blackline Maps of World History have been widely recommended in the education community and published in The Story of the World history series by Susan Wise Bauer. Terri and Knowledge Quest have won the ?excellence in Education? award granted by The Old Schoolhouse magazine for best geography company two years in a row, 2003 and 2004.

Terri Johnson currently resides in Boring, in the state of Oregon.

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People in Ancient Times Come to Life  Jul 31, 2008
I loved reading biographies as a kid, but many of them can be pretty dry. My kids don't enjoy them as much as I do because they prefer stories. This collection has been a Godsend for us because the 8 biographies read like stories, not typical biographies. When you're reading one of the passages, it's as if the author has put himself/herself in the famous person's shoes and is talking from a first-person perspective. Purists might object to some of the dramatic license taken with some of the stories, but the embellishments are an enhancement for kids, not a detraction. We also have "What Really Happened During the Middle Ages," and this year we're going to get "What Really Happened During Colonial Times."
Brings history to life...  Jul 15, 2008
Wonderful series! Several famous people from Ancient Times are brought to life in this collection of stories that are the perfect length for read-aloud evenings with your children. If you enjoyed the narrative style of "Adam and His Kin" by Ruth Beechick, then you'll enjoy this book as well.
Great book - educational and fun reading for entire family!  Feb 14, 2007
I am always looking for fun ways to bring history into my homeschool. My kids, grades 5 and 7, have an extreme love of our daily read-aloud time. History textbooks can be very boring with their lists of dates or rules to memorize ... or their often "dry" articles which only serve to try and impart boring fact after boring fact. Even if I use a textbook in my homeschool, I try to supplement with reading that is interesting to my children. What Really Happened in Ancient Times is a "collection of historical biographies" and fits the bill perfectly!

This book includes biographies on Eve, Noah, Gilgamesh, Imhotep, Daniel, Cyrus the Great, Eratosthenes, and Constantine. The majority of the chapters are written in story fashion, with each contributing author embellishing historical fact with their own interpretation of what they believe life was like during that historical person's life. Each chapter also includes a map of the area being discussed and a beautifully drawn portrait of the subject. Because the histories are written in story fashion, the reader is transported back in time and is able to visualize what life was like thousands of years ago - what the people wore, what they ate, where they lived and worked, etc. Because we are not familiar with several of these historical figures, it does take a bit of thinking to read two of them, Cyrus and Constantine. I recommend reading these chapters twice. During the first reading, draw out a chart of the names and places to see how they are interconnected or related. This makes the second reading much easier because the chart helps the reader through the chapter.

Several of the chapters piqued my interest due to the story they told. The "Imhotep" chapter portrays Joseph (from the Biblical story of "the coat of many colors") as Imhotep himself - he is renamed after becoming the Pharoah's second in command. I had never heard of this before, but a quick search on the Internet displayed some articles comparing the historical and Biblical accounts of both men and I can see that this is a definite possibility! The chapter on Noah was my favorite as I tried to visualize the ark's length, which is equivalent to one and one-half lengths of a football field. A recent article in an Answers in Genesis newsletter states that only about one-third of the ark was full!

When stories can paint pictures for my children and spark interest for further research of a topic (for me!), then I want to have that book used in my homeschool! The other currently available title in this series is What Really Happened During the Middle Ages? Two more titles are to be published in 2007 - What Really Happened in Colonial Times? (tentative spring release) and What Really Happened During the Modern Era? (tentative fall release). I would recommend this book for ages 8 and up, with the parent giving more assistance to the younger students so that they can understand the story being told.
sneak peak into ancient history  Feb 12, 2007
In this collection of historical biographies, the seven contributing authors* have blended facts with fiction to highlight six remarkable individuals from our ancient world. They include Eve, Noah, Cyrus theGreat, and at least one guy I've never heard of before -Gilgamesh. Each story is inspiring, focusing on the re-telling of great deeds, acts of faith, and rousing accomplishments, and all include illustrations and maps by Knowledge Quest. The tales, based on actual recorded historic events, are skillfully decorated with tidbits of speculated daily life and period details. I love the idea of teaching through stories. Using What really happened in your study of ancient times could liven-up what some kids might otherwise consider a boring subject. I bet this book makes you hungry for some "Molokhia soup" (Noah's favorite), and compels you to dig even deeper into ancient history.
*I thought it was noteworthy that the array of authors include 2 home schooled girls - "Eve" was co-written by Terri Johnson's 12 year old daughter, and
Jennaya Rose Dunlap, now graduated, wrote the story of "Imhotep" when she was 16.

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