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Timeline: A Visual History of Our World (Gecko Press Titles)

by Peter Goes

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This is an oversized book that covers everything from the oldest marine fossils to the current turmoil on our planet. The pictures are detailed and funny and, in places, heartbreaking. Because this is from Gecko Press and translated from Dutch, it has a European slant but this shouldn't preclude American households from reveling in the beauty of this tome and learning from it.

There are certainly dark parts in the book as there are in history. In fact, the final image of the book is a group marching with a "Je Suis Charlie" banner and the text says:
On January 7, 2015, 12 people were shot dead by Muslim extremists after the French magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. People massed on the streets to defend freedom of speech.
As you can see, this book would be best paired with an adult that is willing to answer questions and provide context for many of the things presented in the book. Nuanced situations can't be covered in two sentences in a children's book but exposing kids to the good and the bad of our history can never hurt.

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"An introduction to history for young and old, 'Timeline' travels the story of our world, through a lens that captures myths and legends, dinosaurs, the great civilizations, kings and knights, discoveries and inventions"--Page 4 of cover.

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