Tuesday, October 18, 2011

History Through Biography

Being a very relational person, Serena loves a good character in any story and reading biographies has been a great way to introduce history to her.

Daddy took on "Laura Secord's Brave Walk" by Connie Brummel Crook, enriching the story with what he knows growing up around the Niagara region. PBS happened to premiere The War of 1812 last week.  We're able to see some re-enactments of "a small but bitter war" with no real winners in the end but the native nations being the clear losers.

We went back further in time and read "Follow The Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus" by Peter Sis.  While the book presents a simplified story of a romanticized explorer, the Schlessinger video "Explorers of the World" brought to light some of the more questionable qualities of Columbus during his voyage, especially the brutality toward the Taino, the native people of the Caribbean. Sadly the injustice upon the natives was a thread that ran through both periods of history.

Other biographies explored recently:
"Marco Polo" - Explorers of the World DVD
"Abraham Lincoln" by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
"Leonardo da Vinci" by Diane Stanley
"Leonardo da Vinci" - Inventors of the World DVD
"Michelangelo" by Diane Stanley
"Peter Tchaikovsky" by Mike Venezia
"Cleopatra" by Adele Geras

1 comment:

  1. Wow.You sure do read a great variety of books.
    We look forward to hearing all about them.
    Nanny & Papa