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#1 wy_kid_wrangler04

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:22 PM

Age/grade level does not matter. All 4 kids will be doing ancients next year. I will have 2 grammar stage, 1 logic stage and 1 rhetoric stage (:blink:)

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:30 PM

Have you looked at the Veritas site to check their book list for ancients? Also if you go to Bookshelf Central you can review the books Tapestry uses for their ancients year. They have quite a few options.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:41 PM

Have you looked at Charlotte Mason sites? What comes to mind is M.B. Synge's "On the Shores of the Great Sea" and also Fifty Famous Stories Retold (that has a lot of ancients, but isn't exclusively ancient). There was also a thread on CHOW and A Little History of the World today.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:51 PM

Here are some we use:
(I took these from my blog and put them together in one list...they were separated by levels so you may see a few repeats in that books can overlap.)


The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharaohs: A Book About Ancient Egypt by Gail Gibbons
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford
Fun With Hieroglyphics stamp kit
The Great Pyramid by Elizabeth Mann
Diogenes: The Story of the Greek Philosopher by Aliki
Pythagoras, What's Your Angle? by Ellis and Hornung
How We Learned the Earth is Round by P. Lauber
Pegasus by Marianna Mayer
Tales From Odyssey by Mary Pope Osborne
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
The Roman Colosseum: The Story of the World's Most Famous Stadium and its Deadly Games by Elizabeth Mann (Wonders of the World)
Stories of the Ancient Greeks by Charles D. Shaw
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld
Stories From the History of Rome by Emily Beesly (Google book)
Pyramid by David Macaulay
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
Men of Old Greece by Jennie Hall
The Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedeker
Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
by Laurie Carlson
Stories From Plato and Other Classic Writers by Mary E. Burt
Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago by J. D. Cowles
Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago by J. D. Cowles
In Search of Knossos: The Quest for the Minotaur's Labyrinth by Giovanni Caselli
Confucius The Golden Rule by Russell Freedman
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Tirzah by Lucille Travis
Into the Mummy's Tomb: The Real-Life Discovery of Tutankhamun's Treasures by Nicholas Reeves
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Cleopatra of Egypt by Leonora Hornblow (Landmark)
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Lynn Carlee
Pharaoh's Boat by David Weitzman (Note: While this is a picture book, it should be noted that the text is very detailed with a strong vocabulary and the length of the text is longer than a typical picture book. I felt like it would be too much for a very young student and that it would also be more interesting to an older student.)
Step Into: Ancient Japan by Fiona Macdonald
Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
The Sumerians (History Opens Windows) by Jane Shuter*This is not a living book
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford
The Phoenicians (Cultures of the Past) by Elsa Marston*This is not a living book
The Great Pyramid by Elizabeth Mann
A is for Apple and Why: The Story of Our Alphabet by Solveig Paulson Russell
Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger L. Green
Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne
Confucius The Golden Rule by Russell Freedman
Golden Days of Greece by Olivia Coolidge
Boys' and Girls' Herodotus by John S. White
Stories From Livy by Alfred Church
Ceasar's Gallic War by Olivia Coolidge
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Julius Caesar by Jacob Abbott
Julius Ceasar by John Gunther(Landmark)
Tutankhamun by Robert Green
Tutankhamun: The Life and Death of a Pharaoh by David Murdoch
Men of Old Greece by Jennie Hall
Ides of April by Mary Ray
Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
Silver Branch (sequel to Eagle of the Ninth) by Rosemary Sutcliff
Cleopatra by Diane Stanley
Cleopatra of Egypt by Leonora Hornblow (Landmark)
The Burning of Rome by Alfred Church
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Lynn Carlee
Hannibal by Jacob Abbott
The Story of the Persian War by Alfred Church
Four Old Greeks: Achilles, Herakles, Dionysos, Alkestis by Jennie Hall
Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedeker
Step Into: Ancient Japan by Fiona Macdonald
The Samurai's Tale by Erik C. Haugaard
The Boy and the Samurai by Erik C. Haugaard
Ancient India (People of the Ancient World) by Virginia Schomp
Dragons, Gods & Spirits from Chinese Mythology (World Mythology Series) by Tao Tao Liu Sanders
A Young Macedonian in the Army of Alexander the Great by Alfred Church
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone by James Giblin
The Book of Ancient China by Susan Strauss Art
The Book of the Ancient Greeks by Dorothy Mills
The Book of the Ancient Romans by Dorothy Mills
The Book of the Ancient World by Dorothy Mills

*Some of the books are not considered living books, however I do use what is available for topics where I feel we haven't had good coverage with a living book

Myths:
Myths of the World by Padraic Colum
Tanglewood Tales for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Wonder-Book for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Heroes by Charles Kingsley
The Trojan War by Oliva Coolidge
The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred Church
Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutclif
In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid by Penelope Lively
The Children's Homer by Padraic Colum (both Iliad and Odyssey retelling)
The Iliad for Boys and Girls by Alfred Church
The Odyssey for Boys and Girls by Alfred Church
Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Parin D'Aulaire
Bulfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch

Edited by Kfamily, 02 March 2012 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 08:22 PM

Okay, I don't want to follow kfamily's post, and I am totally printing off her list. :D

However, one other title I wanted to mention was Story of the Ancients by H.A. Guerber... I like her writings. It would be easy to use as a "main" title and add on whatever pieces you like.


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