Today I will be reviewing ‘A Heroes’ History of Prehistoric Britain’ by Colour Heroes. A major interest of mine is looking at factual books which are aimed at Children and how they present the information, and what information they do include and which they do not. Also, as my sister is a teacher, I am always on the look out for good archaeology/history books aimed at children that I can recommend.
So lets get started!
So Colour Heroes do a range of different books, mainly focusing on curriculum topics for the education system here in the UK. The first one we are going to look at is ‘A Heroes’ History of Prehistoric Britain’
Some quick facts:
- 24 pages from cover-to-cover
- RRP £3.99
The Front cover is very colourful and eye catching. This theme continues throughout the book. The books appears to made out of good quality materials. The paper is of a heavy weight, does not rip easily.
A quick, cursory at the contents, before diving into book, gives a good idea of the scope of book and what it will cover. Mostly with self-explanatory headings.
Pros and Cons:
So now I will say what I like and dislike about the book, or what i thinks its strengths or weaknesses are. I think I will try a new format, and go pro then con etc.
Pro: Brightly coloured and eye catching, with plenty of images and illustrations . Likely to grab a child’s attention
Con: Some pages feel a little cluttered, with lots vying for your attention.
Pro: Covers the broad spectrum of British Prehistory, starting off at 750,000 years ago and going up to beginning of the Romano British period.
Con: With a book length of only 24 pages from cover-to-cover, a lot of the earlier period is only covered in very brief detail. For me it misses off some key points in our evolutionary past, and making it clear the changes that the human line has gone through.
Pro: It gives a really good overview of the later prehistoric periods, covering a wider variety of topics including: Town and settlements, fashion, art, food, economy, housing and everyday day life (including regional variations), belief systems and warfare.
Con: The book is a little inconsistent with what sort of information it goes into in each section, and does really look into the continuations/similarities between the periods, and focuses more on the changes and differences. Which could give an unbalanced view of the period.
Pro: I can think of more pros then I can cons, so will list the rest here briefly:
- Makes good use of illustrative examples and case studies in each period.
- Activities included throughout the book to aid/reinforce learning, and to kee it fun!
- The books tackles some rather difficult topics, but also does not dumb things down to much. This provides good jump off/inquiry points for children, good at generating questions and their own thoughts and ideas.
The book does have some issues, but for me I think this is a great example of a children’s history book done well. It is a well made, researched, eye catching, colourful, well written, and aids inquisitive learning. At 24 pages it is a good length, even though I feel some areas could be expanded on, and at a an RRP of £3.99 I think it is excellent value for money.
However, I am not the intended target audience for this book. So the way children feel about the book may be different. Maybe I should get my sister and her children to look at it and report back later on what they think.
If you would like to try out Colour Heroes yourself then follow this link https://www.colourheroesshop.com/. You can see below the selection of their history books. Please note, that I was given no incentive/payment to do this review. This is my honest opinion.