Years ago I recalled a friend of mine who was in her early 80’s telling me about this particular book. Her parents had read it to her as a child, she thought it was the most wonderful story she had ever heard. Now that I am a homeschooling parent I have to agree with my friend. The book was written in the mid 1930’s by the headmaster of the Calvert School, V.M. Hillyer. It has been updated over the decades so its contents are current. Throughout the book there are illustrations by Carle Michel Boog and Mary Sherwood Wright which enhance the storytelling. The year our child was in first grade our family read and reread this particular book many times. The worktext and timeline which are included in this package contain lessons and activities to enchance your learning experience. I would highly recommend this book as a read aloud for family reading or for your own personal enrichment.