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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681373218
Pages: 88
Publication Date: June 25, 2019

All of UsA Young People's History of the World

by Yvan Pommaux and Christophe Ylla-Somers, translated from the French by Anna Lehmann

This book is about our history. Not the history of kings, queens, chiefs, emirs, great moguls, emperors, tsars, presidents, or dictators, but our own: the history of the men, women, and children who peopled the earth. It is a long story that began more than one hundred and fifty thousand years ago and continues today. Despite dark times, wars, and conflicts, we invented, worked, created extraordinary things, and transformed the world. Although we were often led to turn against one another, we also created strong bonds between ourselves. And we had fun too, dancing and singing and making music! Let’s take a look at how our history unfolded on our earth, from the beginning to the present, without giving more weight to one country than another. What will we see?

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An illustrated history of human civilisation, All Of Us breezes through the millennia and celebrates our collective successes while also enumerating our many failures. Wars come and go, empires rise and fall, but our race’s enduring achievement is, it seems, that we’re still surviving and even thriving. Excellent educational reading.
—James Lovegrove, Financial Times's 'Best Books of 2019: Picture Books'

Yvan Pommaux and Christophe Ylla-Somers's All of Us: A Young People's History of the World . . . is packed with information for young inquisitive minds. Beginning with "vapor" turning into rain and the rain filling "the hollows of the earth," All of Us provides a highly illustrated account of the "history of the world." Told as a linear narrative, with events, actions and individuals highlighted throughout, children can read from front to back or dip in and out depending on their mood.
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A perfectly balanced book showing how humans have made the world in which they live and ensuring that there is a balance of facts representing all countries and not favouring one over the other. Unique, clever and highly readable.