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Early English History Made Palatable!
When your children need a grasp of England's earliest history, you will not find an easier way to accomplish that than with this charming masterpiece. Timberdoodle reviewers of these landmark CDs found themselves captivated not only by the timelessness of Our Island Story, but also by the fabulous narration by the melodious Anna Bentinck and the gallant Daniel Philpott.
Fact and Fiction, Lords and Legends
Originally published in 1905, Our Island Story begins with the legendary story of Albion and continues through the end of the reign of Queen Victoria. The author, H. E. Marshall, brilliantly distinguishes between folk tales and historical facts as she weaves together an engaging assortment of kings, queens, knights, and explorers that make up the history of England.
Written by a Mom for Her Kids
Your family will be mesmerized by the retelling of King Alfred and the cakes; King John and the Magna Carta; King Arthur and his Round Table; Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada; Wellington at Waterloo; Florence Nightingale; the Black Hole of Calcutta; and many others. Originally written by H.E. Marshall to answer her children's questions about the history of "their home island," Great Britain, while they were living in Australia, she retells these dramatic stories with simple words and absorbing imagery in a way that makes them easy to remember and understand.
When being politically correct was the norm, Our Island Story fell from fashion, but its recent re-release in the UK resulted in sales of some 75,000 copies in a few months. You will love the refreshingly Christ-honoring perspective!
Our Island Story has been called one of the most influential works of history of the 20th century, one of the great children's history books of all time, and the book that leading historians of the present day have said ignited a love of history in their young minds.
More Adventure, Less Textbook
The author herself wrote, "… I hope you will not put this book beside your school books, but quite at the other end of the shelf, beside Robinson Crusoe and A Noah's Ark Geography. I hope, too, that it will help you to like your school history books better than ever, and that, when you grow up, you will want to read for yourselves the beautiful big histories which have helped me to write this little book for little people. Then, when you find out how much has been left untold in this little book, do not be cross, but remember that, when you were very small, you would not have been able to understand things that seem quite simple and very interesting to you as you grow older. Remember, too, that I was not trying to teach you, but only to tell a story."
No More Tedious Car Trips!
Though slightly edited on account of historical changes and attitudes, Our Island Story is presented in thirteen unabridged CDs, for approximately sixteen hours of engrossing enjoyment, making it perfect for those otherwise mindless car trip hours.