Anna was very fascinated with Rome portion of Story of the World. We are listening to the third volume of SOTW now, but references to Roman Empire are frequent enough to keep this part fresh in her mind. So in January we’ve been trying several books about Rome and Roman empire. I will share the ones that we enjoyed together.
The Roman News by Andrew Langley is written like a daily newspaper with different pages on topics such as Army Life, Trader News, Politics Pages, etc. I thought Anna will find it boring, but we were reading a page a day, and she was very intrigued by details and asked a lot of good questions. She especially liked advertisements on each page – I had no idea that she even understood the concept, but apparently my daughter is exposed to more print than I realize. This book will work well for older children studying Roman Empire for school or for personal enjoyment.
I didn’t expect much from Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean when I picked it up from the library. I kind of thought that Roman myths were simply picked up from ancient Greeks and the names of the Gods were changed. But this book contains very interesting myths about origins of Romans as refugees from Troy and then moves to more known myths of Romulus and Remus, geese saving Rome from the Barbarian invasion, etc. The book is also beautifully illustrated by Emma Chidester Clark. The stories tend to be rather long, so I would say the target age is at least 5 and older.
Of course, Anna read many other books this week – she is still on The Boxcar Children series, loves every magazine she can borrow from the library and is reading a couple of books at once on her Kindle.--------------------------
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