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The Wallbook Timeline Collection

The Wallbook Timeline Collection

Fall 2017 Non-Fiction
Ages: 6 - 14 yrs.
ISBN: 978-0-9955770-0-8
Hardcover Price: $54.95

Educational innovation that really works should count for something in this age of insufferable sequels and copycat creativity. It undeniably does when it comes to this "What On Earth?" series of head-first, highly inventive, timeline-based books created by best-selling author Christopher Lloyd, a British storyteller specializing in connecting the dots of knowledge across all of history. Lloyd combines today's hyper trend of information overload with the time tested appeal of a book. And he has done it with such a delightful twist that you don't see the full value and joy coming … until you unfold this hard-bound six feet of significant chronological events.

This perfect-gift boxset of three high-quality hardbacks is literally yards of timelines, including "The Big History Timeline Wallbook," "The Science Timeline Wallbook," and "The Nature Timeline Wallbook." Each timeline extends the spectrum of knowledge in its specific category and includes all continents and cultures, and features more than a thousand tiny, fun illustrated items. Included is a much-needed magnifier (the fonts are small) and a back-of-the-book newspaper that's filled with short, relevant stories, quizzes and activities.

In "The Science Timeline Wallbook," for instance, readers unfold the most significant of all science from the Stone age to today. One way of approaching the timeline pages that brim with more than hundreds of small illustrations and short captions (almost like "Where's Waldo" except there's organization here instead of chaos) is drop you finger anywhere. And then, read and learn: In 5500 B.C., for example, the "scratch plow" was used in Mesopotamia for planting seeds; in 1000 A.D., Al Karaji established algebra; in 1846, ether is first used as an anesthetic by William Morton of Massachusetts, and on, and on.

The "Nature Wallbook," dives into the earliest times when creatures were beginning to evolve, like around 510 B.C. when the eel-like Pikaia entered the evolutionary path as a "possible precursor" to vertebrate animals; or around 300 A.D. when modern-day Australia's Great Barrier Reef emerged. Same concept for the "Big History Timeline Wallbook," spanning everything from "The Big Bang," to Donald Trump elected president, to the Rise of the Islamic State.

The goal of these time-line books is to create new ways of making history, science and nature accessible to everyone. You'll find yourself and your kids locked in on these glossy-paged timelines scouring for the next fascinating tidbit, and the next after that. This cool educational tool will allure young readers with the fun of discovering what happened during the millions of years that came before they did.

Don Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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What on Earth Publishing Ltd

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