Tuesday, November 19, 2019

North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History by NYT Best Selling Author Sarah Albee (What on Earth Books) [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:  What a terrific book! This ingenious timeline style book covers a mass amount of history it is simply mind boggling. Most of us at some time in our lives have read, studied, or created a timeline of sorts. The author and artist of North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History have done an extensive and creative work.

Based on archaeological discoveries, the author has created a timeline that really goes back to early man and how they lived on the North American continent. Assumptions are made about life in North America. Actual known history that is documented would only cover a small percentage of the space this timeline covers when examined along with the original habitats, or native peoples and the history given as they developed and migrated.

While this vast historical span is great information to study, that which covers the last 1,000 years or so would be better comprehended. Perhaps separate books. 

The pages should be spread out for better comprehension of the flow of events and achievements portrayed by archaeological finds. The bites of information are interesting but are quite jumbled onto the pages. For some, this might be a deterrent. For others, not a problem. 

Illustrations are simplified and coloration is somewhat rustic rather than colorful.

I found the book and information interesting and look forward to sharing it with my grand children.

About the book: Featuring a unique fold out format that can be read as a book or unfolded onto the floor, North America emphasizes the diversity of the continent’s population and helps readers explore the rich and often surprising history of the peoples of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the islands of the Caribbean — a story never before included in one book.

North American history unfolds in this graphic timeline that places the United States, Canadian, Mexican and Caribbean histories in the context of their continent, including:

  • From healers in the Aleutian islands in 10,000 BCE to the first to cultivate corn in 3,000 BCE in Mexico, to Canadian scientists studying butterfly migration in 1975
  • From the Aztecs of the city of Tenochtitlan to the Mississippians who built Cahokia to the Inuit of the arctic and the Taino of the Caribbean.
  • The Spanish, French, English, and other Europeans who invaded in the 1500s, the enslaved Africans forcibly brought to our shores, and millions more, from all around the world.
This is the story of creation and destruction, migration, exploration, conquest, wars, alliances, trade, governments, railroads, mutinies, panning for gold, invention, and art. It includes terrible injustices and amazing movements toward equality and freedom, and so much more. Created in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, the graphic novel style illustrations by William Exley coupled with Albee’s signature pithy, accessible text results in an engrossing, visually stunning reference book for both home and classroom use.
Begins November 19
Ends December 20 at 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provide and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Personal Note: While I do not agree with all information and premises in the books I review, I personally believe a broad understanding of today's thinking is important for me and our children should be exposed to various information even that which is contrary to our own faith, beliefs, or knowledge for a broad education.


  1. Amazing contribution to your audience , really informative.keep teaching keep sharing. Love your work

  2. My 2 and a half year old grandson loves to read books to me and other family members. We use What's Up App on the smart phone as they life out of state. He would enjoy this fold-out book.

    1. Thanks for entering. You may have to wait awhile for the 2 year old to enjoy as the book is for older readers. But doesn't hurt to start building libraries early one.


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