Tons of fascinating tidbits of history!
This is a really engaging book that really got my child interested in history. It's not a timeline, but rather 100 interesting facts (and detailed explanations). The info is very interesting, like why midnight snacks used to be common in medieval times, that toddlers were on the battlefield in the Mexican Revolution, how the biggest bomb ever didn't go on to kill anyone, and how some slaves became famous and helped abolish slavery. My son continually picks the book up and re-reads various sections, and then loves to tell me all about them. And since I don't know a lot of this info myself, he really loves that he can teach me something cool. I'd say this is a great choice for 7 years and up.
4/6/2018 4:29 AM
Interesting but not completely accurate
I started off loving the book but then came to the page on American Presidents. It lists 8 of the Presidents as "Born in Britain". The only problem is that they were not born in Britain, they were born British subjects, in America. There is a big difference between the two. Once I saw that, it has left me wondering what else they got wrong with the book.
11/19/2018 3:13 PM
More of a comment on another review...
I love this whole series, just love the visual aspect and all the fascinating facts! I don't have this one...yet, but the comment about the presidents got me curious. I will have to look in the book (when I get it) to see the phrasing, but technically 8 presidents were not born in the US as the US did not exist as such when they were born (they were all born pre 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed), they were born in British Colonies. So...how is it expressed in this book? not sure, but I do know that Usborne has at LEAST one expert to help advise on each of their non fiction books before they're published so I'm not worried. :-)
3/29/2019 11:11 PM
This is one of the first usborne books that I’ve read with my 7 year old and we love it!! It offers a unique look at historical facts, some of which are not common knowledge. I was impressed with the page about swastikas. Many people do not understand this ancient symbol of good.
So far I appreciate the information on how girls& women would have to pretend to be men to achieve more in the world. Also the info about pyramids and how they are most prevalent in Central& South America.
I will now have to re-read the section about the 8 presidents and where they were born.
I am excited to read further pages and also to share this with my kids.
10/27/2020 11:13 AM
Engaging and Fun Facts!
My 7 year old loves this book! This series is one of my favorites because they offer interesting and random facts about the subjects. Being a history buff myself, it warmed my heart and really excited me when my daughter told this was her favorite of the series because "history is so interesting"! She read it to me the other day while on a 2 hour car trip. She read the entire drive and was sad when we had arrived at our destination!
1/25/2021 4:08 PM
Great grab and go books
The "100 Things to Know About..." books are all phenomenal. They are great to have on the go. We keep some in the car at all times. My 10 year old son has learned so much from this book, and he really enjoys telling his grandfather and uncles all his new history facts! I love the bite sized pieces of information.
3/16/2021 9:05 PM
It's a trivia book. An assorted scattering of random facts.
It's not bad, but also not really what I was expecting and I have no plans to buy the other books in this series.
2/4/2022 1:43 PM