THE LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WIDE WORLD by Mable Byne

THE LITTLE HISTORY OF THE WIDE WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This series (The Little History of the United States and The Little Geography of the United States) succeeds in giving a birdseye view of history or geography, as the case may be, but for teachers and librarians the book is of doubtful basic value, because of the inevitable superficiality of substance. The new volume starts with ""Our world begins about 200,000,000 years ago"" and continues through to the end of the war and a world getting better and better (we hope her optimism is warranted). Scraps and snips of text, in varying type sizes give running commentary to colorful big pages filled with multitudinous small drawings. These demand attention- and frequent adult interpretation, if the abundance of facts are to be absorbed. A good piece of merchandise- and probably few readers will pause to question some of the omissions. But we could wish, in cases like this, that compilers and authors would view internationalism fairly. Why include Stalin as one of the dictators- and exclude Stalin as one of the allies? The implication is obvious- but perhaps for adults only. Large flat format.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 1947
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin