Living History books

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  • Rachel White

    I thought I would pass along a new collection of living history books. They are progressive in age and start with the ancient world. It seems that these would be good to read with the Genesis through Deuteronomy Study. They were orignally written in 1902 and are in a narrative style.You can get a sneak peak inside. Enjoy perusing!

    Here’s my email that explainsmore:

    Introducing Streams of History, a 7-volume series presenting

    a vivid picture of the growth of Western Civilization.

    Beginning with stories for younger children from the early

    source of the historic stream back in the Nile,

    the Tigro-Euphrates and the Indus valleys, the series depicts

    the growth of the stream and its widening and deepening

    as it moves westward. The volumes in the series highlight

    the contributions of each culture to the stream of history

    and show how its contributions are caught up and carried on

    to future peoples and nations. The student is led to see

    how each grows out of that which precedes, and shadows

    forth what follows, and that the discovery of America,

    and its subsequent institutional development was the

    fruitage of a seed which lay deep in the historic

    soul of Europe.

    This is the first set of books that I have put my own name on

    as I have adapted the text slightly to make it usable by students

    of varying ages. Preview the texts and see the age range.

    Books on Sale through May 15

    Ellwood W. Kemp and Lisa M. Ripperton

    Streams of History: Early Civilizations

    Streams of History: Ancient Greece

    Streams of History: Ancient Rome

    Streams of History: The Middle Ages

    Streams of History: The Renaissance and Reformation

    Streams of History: The New World

    Streams of History: The United States

    Other New Books

    Josephine Preston Peabody, Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Abbie Farwell Brown, In the Days of Giants

    Available Soon (by May 1)

    Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, Boys and Girls of Colonial Days

    Maude Barrows Dutton, The Tortoise and the Geese

    Free and Treadwell, READING-LITERATURE: Second Reader

    Penrhyn Coussens, A Child’s Book of Stories

    In the Works (availability expected by July 1)

    Free and Treadwell, READING-LITERATURE: Third Reader

    Amy Steedman, The Nursery Book of Bible Stories

    Mrs. Beesly, Stories from the History of Rome

    Agnes Taylor Ketchum and Ida M. Jorgensen, Kindergarten Gems

    Robert Browning, The Pied Piper of Hamelin (in color)

    H. E. Marshall, English Literature for Boys and Girls

    Mary E. Burt, Poems Every Child Should Know

    Arabella Buckley, Wild Life in Woods and Fields (in color)

    Maud Lindsay, Mother Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson, Among the Farmyard People

    Kate Douglas Wiggin, The Fairy Ring

    Julia Darrow Cowles, Our Little Athenian Cousin

    Julia Darrow Cowles, Our Little Spartan Cousin

    Free Shipping Changes Coming May 12, 2008

    Because of the increase in postal rates on May 12, 2008, there

    will be a change in our free shipping offer. Beginning May 12,

    2008, we will offer free media mail shipping for domestic orders

    of 4 or more books IF you select “USPS Media Mail (4+ books)”

    as Shipping Method. For those ordering 1 to 3 books to be delivered

    to a US address,the shipping charge will be $5.00. Note that special

    shipping charges apply to international orders. See for details.

    Suggestions Welcome

    We have finally resolved the software problems that resulted

    from our computer malfunction in November, and are now

    proceeding full-steam ahead in the production of books,

    including the publishing of a handful of color books!

    If you have books that you are especially eager to

    have us publish, please let us know! It is because of folks

    like you asking for particular books that we publish what we do.

    Blessings, Lisa Ripperton

    Hope this helps someone,



    Hi Rachel ~

    Thanks for letting us know about these books. My question is, are they written from a Christian perspective? We’re getting ready to head into Ancient Rome and I’m looking for a living history book (next to the Bible)that would show God’s working amoung His people. We’ve read half way through Story of the World’s ancient civilations and hav’nt been too pleased. Thanks for letting me know.



    I don’t know if these are from a Christian view, but I have called and talked to the owner of Yesterdays books and she is wonderful. You should feel free to call and ask any questions you have. Also, the excerpts on the web site are huge. They give you a good feel for each of the books. Some of the larger books have 50 page previews.


    Rachel White

    I second that Kelley. I have emailed her in the past and she has been very transparent and gracious to my questions. The samples are great as well. I can contact her for you Heather or you can contact her yourself with your personal concerns.

    Yesterday’s Classics is my favorite book supplier.

    Rachel White


    Did you get in touch w/yesterday’s classics to find out what you needed to know? I haven’t had a chance yet.



    Hi Rachel ~

    No have not yet. But I have been looking over the site-at the sample books, etc and I’m very impressed. 🙂 I’m really interested in the Hurlbuts Story of the Bible (I think that’s what it’s called) and wondered if you (or anyone els here) have read this with your children?

    Also, my other question would be did you use these Living History books as your spine and then brought in other historical fiction books of that same time period? I would love to hear how you’ve used them. They look wonderful! Thanks again for sharing this.

    God Bless you


    Rachel White

    Yes, I would use the Streams of Civilization as a spine and add other books that my son would read independantly, a younger book for my daughter to read to me or together and other books out loud to address specifics, and pause in that part of the book while we explore more deeply. Yes, I would definitely stop in important areas to delve into more deeply in hands-on ways for my son, add art and museums, etc…

    Does that make any sense to you?



    Yes, it makes perfect sense. We do much of the same thing as well adding notebooking in there too. Thanks for sharing. We’ve been using TruthQuest History guides for the Ancients to pull living books from as well as the bookfinder here. Also, SOW has been our spine. Haven’t been too pleased with this, however, so I’m considering switching over to the Kemp books you shared. I take it you haven’t read the Hurlbuts Story Bible from Yesterdays Classics then? Thanks again, Rachel! 🙂


    Rachel White

    No. I’m sorry we haven’t used it. My grandmama gave my daughter her story bible and my son has the story bible that my mom had when she was little, plus his own now for personal reading. I can’t justify buying another, as much as I would like!

    We use Truthquest, too. We’re doing american history first then switching in a couple of years just intime to use the Kemp series. I am going to use the Pratt “History of America” series, and other books for my son to read from independantly. Right now we are finishing up “Stories of Great Americans…” thru the summer.

    I am also using their books as part of my nature study. The Burgess books and the Pierson books, under the Nature section. I also plan to incorporate them with Lit. and legends. My goodness, I could just about buy the entire company’s selection!!



    Thanks for posting about ‘Streams’, Rachel. These books are just what I’ve been looking for. We’ve been using SOTW Volume I (at an embarrassing slow pace, I might add) and, no matter what I do, we just can’t seem to get into it. You’ve made this mama a very happy girl! Thank you SO much!!


    Rachel White

    You are so welcome! It’s a blessing to me to hear you and Heather be helped by my post.


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