Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Review: Adams' Chart of History

book cover

Adams' Chart of History
by Sebastian Adams

Hardback: Chart has 21 full-color 13" x 28" panels
Publisher: Master Books
Released: 2007

Source: Purchased from New Leaf Publishing Group.

Book Description from AiG website:
A vintage reproduction of this illustrated time line of earth history. The foldout chart features detailed, full-color drawings of various stages of history, from Adam and Eve to the late 19th century, with handwritten commentary throughout. This monumental work of history is perfect for homeschool settings, Sunday school walls, or a home library. It is a visually interesting way to trace early history's inventions, discoveries, and events. Also included is the descriptive booklet that was originally published with the chart in 1871.

* First published in 1871, starts with biblical creation and goes to 1878.
* Evolution-free, large format chronology of history is a great teaching tool
* Based on James Ussher's The Annals of the World
* Includes 21 full-color 13" x 28" panels

Wrap your walls in history! 21 foldout panels (13" x 28" each). Free 64-page key (booklet) included.

Adams' Chart of History is a full-color timeline chart based on James Ussher's chronology. It's 28 inches tall and folds out nearly 23 feet. In the bound form, you can view the chart without unfolding it by turning the "pages" (the panels). The chart is printed on a heavy paper, so it holds up well to repeated use. You can also remove the chart from the binding or buy an unbound chart to put on a wall, like in a Sunday School room. The large panels are great for easy viewing on a wall, but they're a tad unwieldy when trying to view the chart when holding it. It helps to have a cleared table or bed to place it on.

The timeline shows world history from a Biblical perspective, starting with Adam and Eve. It shows the rulers and major events for all the major world civilizations up to 1878 AD. There are illustrations of the various events (like the Tower of Babel) and commentary in the free spaces. In the free space below the beginning of the timeline, there's a world map of the eastern hemisphere and information about Stone Age artifacts, eminent historians throughout history, the Rosetta stone, and similar topics.

There's a 64-page booklet packaged with the chart. It gave a key to the chart, though I'd already figured it out from a few minutes study of the chart. It also gave information about the author and summaries of the people and events on the timeline for each major world civilization.

There's a very similar timeline published by Barnes and Nobles in 1995 titled The Wall Chart of World History by Edward Hull (ISBN 0-88029-239-3). It's smaller in size (15 panels that are each 12 inches wide x 17 5/8 inches high), so the text is smaller but it's also easy to hold and carry around. That chart ends in 1990 AD instead of 1878 AD, and it has a few differences in how the free space is used (like the free space below the beginning of the timeline is filled with maps).

I'd recommend this chart to any Christian who enjoys seeing how the events in world history relate to each other and to teachers (church or homeschooling) for use in their classrooms.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Picture of the chart:

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