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From bloodthirsty battles and rebellious revolutions, to curious coincidences and unfortunate accidents - 100 Events That Made History has it all! Get ready for a historical rollercoaster ride as 100 Events That Made History brings the major moments of the past to life in an unforgettable way. Get the lowdown on events that have changed the course of history and shaped the modern world. Find out why Ivan became so terrible, why a sandwich was fatal for Archduke Ferdinand and more of history's key moments.
As the nation prepares to celebrate Shakespeare, 400 years on from his death, this book looks at the man behind the plays using original documents and historical artefacts. Items reproduced include the entry in the parish register that records Shakespeare's birth on 26 April 1564, a document from 1552 fining his father John Shakespeare for making a refuse heap in the street (he was a glove-maker and may have been using waste to soften the leather) and part of the first printed edition of Hamlet in 1603. There is also the famous page from Shakespeare’s will leaving his wife Anne his second best bed, and an explanation as to why he might have done that! With contemporary paintings and drawings plus photographs of statues and buildings it’s attractive to look at and full of fascinating insight. ~ Andrea Reece
An illustrated guide to the life and times of William Shakespeare. Readers can discover his famous plays, see where he lived and worked and find out why he is one of the world's greatest writers. With index and contents pages for easy study, and Usborne Quicklinks to specially selected websites with video clips from plays and more information.
November 2015 Book of the Month If you want to know what was happening on Earth any time in the last four billion years, then you couldn’t do better than opening out the Wallbook Timeline of Big History. Each one of the What On Earth Wallbooks contains a 2 metre long poster – ideal for pinning to the wall or poring over on the floor – that presents information in a unique cross-section of time, and history as a continuing Earth-wide story. Packed with pictures, the wallchart is immediately enticing and full of information. A separate quiz tests children on what they can find out and demonstrates the Wallbook’s scope, questions include: which are the first creatures thought to have been able to see underwater? Tulips became a symbol of dignity in which Islamic region? What nationality was the assassin of Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria? A unique, accessible and inspiring information book. ~ Andrea Reece These What on Earth wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Timeline of Big History depicts millions of years of evolution, the rise and fall of civilisations, one hundred of the top battles and, on the reverse, the story of planet, life and people from the Big Bang to today. In addition to the Wallbook, The Timeline of Big History also includes a Chronicle which features more than 35 newspaper stories and a quiz.
November 2015 Book of the Month The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children’s curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains a full-colour poster – 2 metres long – that illustrates the complete historical timeline of its subject. The Wallbook Timeline of Nature shows children the history of life on Earth, from the first signs of life 4 billion years ago to the start of the 21st century. By cross-sectioning time, the Wallchart gives children a comprehensive view of what is happening across the Earth as the centuries pass, in the oceans, and on the land. A separate timeline across the top illustrates the changes to Earth’s landmasses as the continents gradually form. Illustrations are accompanied by equally informative captions and there’s longer reading too in the form of spoof newspaper articles and letters to the editor. Billions of years of history at a glance! ~ Andrea Reece These wallbooks are an amazing feat of publishing. The Timeline of Nature shows the complete story of natural history in 1,000 species on a 2.4 metre-long timeline beginning with the formation of the Earth to the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary science. Perfect for younger readers but also relevant to all ages, this comprehensive, accessible and versatile wallbook is the first ever attempt to illustrate the entire history of nature and natural science on a single piece of paper. In addition to the Wallbook, The Timeline of Nature also includes a Chronicle which features more than 30 newspaper stories and a quiz.
Packed with facts and fascinating snippets of prehistoric life. Easy-to-understand text with great photographs and illustrations bring the exciting past vividly to life. It's the perfect introduction to Prehistoric Britain! Find out what happened in Britain over 2.5 million years ago, starting with the Old Stone Age and the first humans - roaming hunter-gatherers. Discover the changes and advances that happened when people discovered how to work metal in the Bronze Age, through to the invention of iron tools in the busy Iron Age.
A little girl wanders round the over-grown garden of an old house and listens to her granny tell her stories that her grandmother told her, of the children who used to play in the garden and the fun they had. In beautiful artwork reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Ian Andrew illustrates their wild pirate games, invented by Jamie, or Sixteen String Jack, capturing the boys’ happiness and freedom. The house, Moat Brae, is real, and Jamie the boy who had such fun in the gardens grew up to be J.M. Barrie, and to write Peter Pan, that hymn to the joy of childhood games. The book is an inspiring tribute to Barrie and his famous novel. You can find out more about The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust which is restoring the house and gardens and plans to develop it as a centre for children's literature. www.peterpanmoatbrae.org ~ Andrea Reece
May 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month What a great, fun way to get a young mind enthused in history. Read all about history's toughest kings and queens. Who were the most ruthless, brave, fearless and intrepid monarchs from throughout history. You will find it chock full of entertaining and witty fact-filled text in bite-sized chunks and jam-packed with hilarious full-colour illustrations throughout. These and many more Fascinating Facts can be found in Hard Nuts of History: Kings and Queens 1. Which King of England had 6 wives and had more than 50,000 heads chopped off during his reign? 2. Montezuma II was ruler of which South American people? 3. Mary I in the 16th century was also known by which nickname? 4. Which Queen in the 16th century fought the Spanish and won? 5. What was the name of the French duke who invaded England in 1066? 6. What battle happened in 1066? 7. Who remains one of the most famous warrior queens over 2000 years one? 8. Who was the first female ruler of ancient Egypt? 1.HENRY VIII, 2.THE AZTECS, 3.BLOODY MARY, 4.ELIZABETH I, 5.WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, 6.BATTLE OF HASTINGS, 7.BOUDICA 8.HATSHEPSUT
Published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this is a perfect introduction to all aspects of the war, covering key events, a who's who of the military and political figures and the effect and impact of the war on all of the countries involved. You might also be interested in the companion title 50 Things You Should Know About the First World War. We have a very special category on World War Literature selected by our editorial experts and created in remembrance of the 100th anniversary in 2014 of the start of World War One and the 70th anniversary in 2015 of the end of World War Two.
An abridged edition that gives younger readers their first introduction to the extraordinary diary of an ordinary girl who has long become a household name. It features line drawings, family photographs, and an Afterword to explain why the Diary ends so abruptly.
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