Alexander the Great

Quick post to add “Alexander the Great,” by Jane Bingham, to our Core B books for ancient Greece.  He’s such a significant character that I think giving him the extra time will be good.  And I really enjoy Usborne books.


Ancient Greece, revisited

I found some more books that I plan to add as readers when we do Greece.  They are Tales from the Odyssey, by Mary Pope Osborne (author of the Magic Tree House books).  Emily loves the Magic Tree House books, so she’ll probably enjoy the style.  They review really well, and I’d actually really wanted to cover the story of the Odyssey as I think it’s such a crucial book when you’re learning about Greece.  The stories are fun and memorable, too, which I think makes them well-suited to being adapted for kids.  I still think, whenever I eat something hot, of Odysseus and his men being so hungry when they ate the Cyclops’ meat that they burned their hands and mouths and didn’t care, because they were that hungry.  Or the part where he had his men plug their ears but he didn’t and had his men tie him to the mast, because he wanted to know what the Siren’s song sounded like.  Etc.  I think the combination of Greek Myths (Sonlight already includes this), Aesop’s Fables, and the Odyssey gives a really good glimpse into some of the literature that we value the most from ancient Greece.

Ancient Greece

The books that Sonlight uses in Core B that look to deal with ancient Greece are:
A Child’s History of the World
The Usborne Book of World History
Usborne Time Traveler
Greek News
Usborne Greek Myths
There might also be a bit in:
The Usborne Book of Houses and Homes
The Usborne Book of Peoples of the World

Books I’ll be adding for ancient Greece are:


Usborne Sticker Dressing Long Ago (Megan Cullis)
Hands and Hearts History kit ( This kit is for both Greece and Rome.

Read-alouds (some of these may actually work as readers):
Jason and the Argonauts (Jessica Gunderson)
Lysis Goes to the Play (Caroline Snedeker)
Adventures in Ancient Greece (Linda Bailey, Good Times Travel Agency series)
Pegasus (Mayer)
The First Marathon: The Legend of Pheidippides (Reynolds)
Aesop’s Fables (Santore)

The Town Mouse and the Spartan Mouse (Deary)
The Tortoise and the Hare (Deary)
The Boy Who Cried Horse (Deary)
The Lion’s Slave (Deary)

If you’re doing Core B with an older child (8 or so) you might want to add this:
Groovy Greeks (Terry Deary)