The Precious People Book List

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The Scope of

The Precious People

Week 1-The Beginning of Recorded History

Creation by Cynthia Rylant

Who Eats What by Patricia Lauber

2-Ancient Holidays, Mesopotamia, Animal Classification

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Deborah Heiligman

The Story of Esther: A Purim Tale by Eric Kimmel

Let’s Classify Animals by Kelli Hicks

Week 3-Family Rules and Rhythms, Pyramids, Mammals

On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

National Geographic Readers: Pyramids (Level 1) by Laura Marsh

Week 4-Harvest Festival, First Farmers, World Geography

On Sukkot and Simchat Torah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

Week 5-More Ancient Holidays, Ancient Egypt, Hemispheres, 

The Story of Hannukkah by David Adler

Week 6-Ancient Egypt, Pharaohs, Pyramids, Foods

Week 7-Ancient Egypt,The Exodus, Hieroglyphs

The Longest Night by Laurel Snyder and Catia Chien

The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo

Week 8-Ancient Egypt, Human Anatomy, Medicine

My Body by Patty Carratello

Week 9-Famous People of Ancient Greece, Heart Health

Week 10-Greek Alphabet, Politics in Ancient Greece, Greek Feast

Week 11-Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Olympic Games, Greek Myths

Week 12-Hanukkah,The Roman Empire, Home Life in Ancient Rome, 

The Story of Hanukkah by David Adler

Week 13-Art and Industry in Ancient Rome

Week 14-Christmas Festivities

The Friendly Beasts by Tomie de Paola

The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats

The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson

Room For A Little One by Martin Waddell

Week 15-Goal Setting, Months of the Year, Imaginary Animals, Birds

Brother William’s Year by Jan Pancheri

Around The Year by Elsa Beskow

Week 16-World Geography, Countries and Cultures, Transportation

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

Week 17-Weather,Israel, Poetry

National Geographic Readers:Weather by Kristin Baird Rattini

Week 18-Korea, Seeds, Map Asia

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Week 19-Japan, Geology, Cartoon

A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston

Drawing From Memory by Allen Say

Week 20-Haiku, Map China

Hi Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack

Week 21-Latin America, Rainforests, Spanish Language

The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell

Week 22-Latin America, The Andes, The Periodic Table

Up and Down The Andes by Laurie Krebs

The Periodic Table by Sean Callery and Miranda Smith

Week 23-Africa, The Periodic Table

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway

Week 24-The Middle East, North Africa, Continents

Deep In The Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

Week 25-North Africa, St. Augustine of Hippo, The Apostle's Creed

Week 26-St. Patrick, Bees, Gardens

St. Patrick by Tomie DePaola  

The Saint and His Bees by Dessi Jackson

Week 27-St. Francis, Italy, Wolves

Francis, The Poor Man of Assisi by Tomie De Paola

Week 28-St. Elizabeth, Butterflies, Europe

Roses in Snow by Dessi Jackson

Week 29-Passover, Food Allergies

The Longest Night by Laurel Snyder

My First Passover by Tomie de Paola

Week 30-India, Country Report, Trees, Nests

Finders Keepers by Robert Arnett

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston

The Gift of the Tree by Alvin Tresselt

 


A few notes about the book list-

You will need the read aloud selections, but many are available at the library.

For the remainder of the books, you could find them at the library, on YouTube, or substitute for a title with a similar theme. I feel it is worth owning many of them, but I also understand that we are all working on a different budget, and I tried to keep the book list as simple as possible.

A study of ancient history will naturally contain some graphic material and nudity. I did my best to choose books that minimized the intensity of this and kept a lighter spin on ancient history, but please glance through the books for yourself before handing them to your children.

Ancient history studies also cover a wide variety of religious perspectives. While I am an Apostle's Creed confessing, non-denominational believer, I feel that studying the beliefs of other people of the book, such as Jews and Catholics can enhance our own understanding of God. I hope that both Jewish and Catholic families can feel at home with this curriculum. In fact, several weeks of the curriculum focus on Jewish feast days. The Jewish culture has outlasted most other cultures that shaped the ancient world, and learning from them can help us shape our families to be influential in our own era.

With that being said, there are many other religions represented in a study of ancient history. A few of the weekly picture books will represent these other religious viewpoints, so that whatever your perspective is, you can learn to understand the people who inhabit our world.

"Seek first to understand before you seek to be understood."

Stephen Covey

I hope that however you believe, your family can sense the love in these pages, and can create beautiful connection with your family as you learn about the ancient world and other cultures together.

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