Sunday, January 4, 2009

Time for a survey and another drawing!

We've decided that these giveaways are alot of fun, soooo... we are giving away our Timeline Category Stickers to any and all who would like to participate in our short survey. We will keep your answers anonymous, but we would like to use this information for product development in this next year. Your opinions matter to us. When you complete the survey, you will get a link to our thank you gift PLUS we'll enter your email address into a drawing for 1 of 5 hardcover timeline books - Wonders of Old (www.knowledgequestmaps.com/wondersofold.htm).

Click here to participate in our 2-5 minute survey:

www.knowledgequestmaps.com/survey.htm

We've also decided that it's time to give away a few copies of What Really Happened in Ancient Times. Would you like to win a printed copy of your very own? Enter our drawing and you may be one of three winners randomly selected to receive a copy of the softcover book (not the ebook) delivered via US mail to your mail box.

Here's how to enter:

1. Click over to our website - www.knowledgequestmaps.com/wrhancient.htm
2. Read through the sales page and take a look at the fantastic illustrations by Darla Dixon
3. Come back here and post a comment about what looks interesting to you about the book
4. Be sure to leave us contact information (either an email or blog address will do)

That's it. We'll hold our drawing next Tuesday, January 13th and notify the winners by email. We'll also post their names for you here. So be sure to check back if you don't hear from us!

You may have noticed that we are also having a sale on this book and the 3 book series. Don't worry... if you DO buy the book NOW so as to not miss out on the sale and then win the drawing, we will refund the amount that you paid for your book including shipping.

Great! Leave us those comments and we'll look forward to holding our random drawing on Friday. Don't forget... there will be 3 winners!

99 comments:

Anonymous said...

ANYTHING about Ancient History interests me! Many of my kids feel the same way...We are getting ready to do a World's Fair (each will have a booth about their chosen part of the world/time period), and 4 of them picked an ancient civilization.

dschmidt(at)wildak(dot)net

M said...

I think this is a very unique way to get kids (and adults!) to really understand historical figures. They can really see what they might have felt, seen, or experienced. Definately will be looking into getting this! Thanks!

Knitmomma said...

I don't see a lot of information about the book, and being new to your products doesn't give me much background. However, I love history through stories, and the idea that this is honest history is appealing. My husband is a history buff, and I think he would enjoy using this resource with our kids.

Julieanne said...

Gilgamesh and Imhotep are interesting to me because our family doesn't know quite as much about these historical figures as we do about some of the other ancient history figures. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to possibly win this book!

Julieanne
ejm at truevine dot net
www.homeschoolblogger.com/iLoveHomeschooling

BlessedTimes5 said...

We love History and especially ancient and middle ages. I shared your page with my boys who loved the artwork and I love that I can purchase this in an ebook format so I never have to wait to start a lesson!

Angie J said...

Oh, I love the illustrations. I will be covering this section of history two years from now and this will be a great resource.

Angie J said...

Oops,I forgot my contact info:
angiejohnson@fmtc.com

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the illustration. I think it really brings history to a form my 9-year-old daughter could relate to.
debkfinley44@yahoo.com

Annette said...

history in story form....sure to be a hit. with pictures that one can look at while doing so...all the more fun. :)

sassyagility@cabletv.on.ca

Anonymous said...

The illustrations are wonderful. I think on the site, though, there is too much white space between the Bramley Books picture and the Peek Inside... information. It would be helpful to see the book information before the ordering information. It's very helpful that you've allowed a sampling of one of the biographies.

materursa (at) gmail (dot) com

Theresa said...

Thank you for offering a free sample biography online. It is helpful to read one of the full stories to get a feel for the quality and style of writing before purchasing the book. The illustrations are incredible!

TNTMitch at windstream dot net

Angie said...

My kids and I are having a great time studying Ancient History. I love that your books are not full of tawdle and bring the people alive!
Thank you, Angie
pfleiderer6@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

The illustrations look beautiful, and it would be fun for my dd to read some stories to "flesh out" what we've been studying. Thanks for this opportunity. Kathy (kathy bowden at mchsi dot com)

Anonymous said...

This books looks like an excellent resource - the drawings are nicely done.

kotabel@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

This looks very interesting and would add a new dimension to our ancient history studies. We will be covering ancient history again in our 2010 - 2011 school year and will definitely be considering adding this resource to our studies. Thank you!
ToGodGlory@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Terri, this book looks wonderful! I love anything that helps my children and myself place ourselves in the lives of the people we are studying. Thank you for this opportunity.
vickie@ave-logan.com

Anonymous said...

We love anything that involves history, and this book looks like a resource we would enjoy. Thanks for entering us in the drawing.
luckysam@roadrunner.com

Molly said...

The drawings are beautiful!

I also like the maps that show exactly where these events took place.

Thanks you for sharing this with us.

Anonymous said...

This looks really nice,and the pictures are wonderful. Are the other books available as an e-book as well? A look at the contents or index would be helpful.

Anonymous said...

Stories that bring history to life are what I am always looking for. In the Eve sample, I liked the way you use dialogue to convey a lot of the message, and the message was great too! My daughter loves to put together dramas. I don't know about other stories in the book, but this story would lend itself well to that use.

ctrine(at)andrews(dot)edu

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great source for history! The pictures look like they came from ancient times as well. I think this would be a great addition to anyone's library.
acdees6@yahoo.com

Jill Connelly said...

I can think of no better illustrator for this series of books than Darla Dixon. Incredible detail and talent!
The thing I love most about this series is the blending of Biblical biographies with others. They naturally go together. They should not be separated. This is what sets Terri Johnson's materials apart from most others.

connelly_jill(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I've always found that the best way to get a "handle" on history is through biographies. I love the idea of this series!

Anonymous said...

I love the map and the illustrations in the Eve sample I downloaded. The scripture references are also appreciated. Keep up the great work!

Monica
ourschool@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

WE have enjoyed reading the biography of Good King Wenceslaus (What really Happened during the Middle Ages). I like how the characters chosen are unique and bring to light little known stories of real people. These biographies are perfect for narration and I think they are excellent supplements to any History Program. I can't wait to see the newest book.
Sandy (sandave@sentex.net)

Melinda said...

I love that its biographies, real history. This IS the best way to homeschool!!!

Anonymous said...

I love these pictures. It helps to remind me that these were real human beings just like you and me. Thank you for sharing.

abhagler@att.net

Anonymous said...

Well, knowing that we will be studying ancient history next year in at least one group that we participate in, and knowing that I have a child who is a voracious reader who loves biographies, this new book seems a win-win for our year next year! Here's hoping... :) I am one who loves to check out a book "in the flesh", but from what I can see, this book will be a wonderful addition to our studies.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful resource; full of interesting facts and the imagery in the Eve download is awesome! I can only imagine that the rest of the book would be just as great! Thanks for sharing and showing!
malachiway@embarqmail.com

Anonymous said...

I just read the Eve bio, very well done. I love the drawings, they are beautiful.I like the mixture of people chosen for the book, it's nice to have a Christian resource for non-biblical people. I really like the story telling aspect,I've personally learned more about history with that type of delivery then with a dry facts only delivery. I'm looking forward to saving up and catching another sale at some point!!
poore4100 at directv dot net

Anonymous said...

This book looks great! I think my boys will enjoy it. We love learning about biblical characters, and I love the pictures. Thanks for the great resources!
suzanne.ruckman@att.net

Tammi said...

I absolutely enjoy What Really Happened In Colonial Times, which I purchased back in (October?). The stories are very interesting and the illustrations are beautifully drawn.

Our History curriculum (The Mystery of History) starts in Ancient Time so What Really Happened in Ancient Times, will be a great supplement.

Thank for the opportunity to enter the drawing for this book.

Tammi
dandtdearing@gwi.net

Jodie said...

These books look great...thank you for the opportunity to win one.

Jodie

ltdmt809@yahoo.com

Jodie said...

These books look great...thank you for the opportunity to win one.

Jodie

ltdmt809@yahoo.com

Bonnie said...

I wish I could afford to buy this series of books! I've downloaded the sample chapters and they're fantastic (my girls are in 2nd and 5th grades). I enjoy the stories as much as they do! The illustrations in this book are just superb! It really puts character to the names. Thank you for the superb work you are doing in providing these resources!
Bonnie
catchmeathome@hotmail.com

Julia Mapes said...

We have already read several of the stories in this book and just love them. They truly bring people to life. Thank you so much.

Dawn said...

I've been hoping for another chance to win one of these books! Reading about how they weave historical facts into a story to give a "picture" of how life may have been seems a wonderful way to interest kids in history.

Dawn K.
dawnmkitchens@gmail.com

Heather said...

Thank you for this opportunity, Terri! I would really like to read about Imhotep. We touched on him briefly in our studies this year and learned that he is one of the very few (if not only) Egyptians to have believed in the concept of One God. We love history in this house! Heather

editor at tgmagazine dot net

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for some good history books for my kids and these look good. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I forgot to leave my email address in the above comment...

nizhoni1996 at yahoo dot com

Excel said...

I'm teaching a high school Ancient History course now that I hadn't planned on so I am scouring the Internet for resources! I love using stories to make history come alive. It looks like this could be a great resource. Would love to be able to see the table of contents and a sample! (hint, hint)

Melissa said...

My daughter and I love history! She loves to read books and so do I. We will be studying ancient history soon, so these would be great for us.

canonge2@yahoo.com

DeAnna said...

Just finished reading the free download of Eve's biography. It is beautifully written and illustrated!! The footnotes for more information are wonderful. This would book be an excellent addition to any homeschool library!!I'll be ordering mine asap. Thanks for the opportunity to preview. Can't wait to share your book with my children.
dixiema52@aol.com

Anonymous said...

History is my childdren's favorite subject! How awesome to have history come alive. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book they are sure to enjoy.

sageswife@yahoo.com

Shelly said...

I am always looking for good History resources for my children to learn from. This book looks like an excellent resource and the illustrations are just beautiful. We will be starting our Ancient Civilizations studies and this would be a great addition to have. Thank you for the opportunity.

Shelly
mshumble@gmail.com

Michelle said...

I love the illustrations. They are very detailed. My kids enjoy good illustrations. I have purchased your maps before and they have been so helpful through the years. I also noticed the pricing of your books seem very reasonable. Thank you for making them both an e-book and a soft cover. We love books.

Michelle
westfamily5@ca.rr.com

Anonymous said...

We have What Really Happened in the Middle Ages and would love to add Ancient Times. My children are very young yet but I have to say you have already taught me a lot and it all rubs off on them at this point. Mommy's fun becomes their fun. Thank you so much for this offering this contest.

Cassie
homescool at oakesdale dot net

Anonymous said...

We have What Really Happened in the Middle Ages and would love to add Ancient Times. My children are very young yet but I have to say you have already taught me a lot and it all rubs off on them at this point. Mommy's fun becomes their fun. Thank you so much for this offering this contest.

Cassie
homescool at oakesdale dot net

Anonymous said...

I am interested in history by story. I myself am not interested in ancient history, but my son loves to read about it. I think this would be a great way for him to do so.

emerald_ireland@hotmail.com

scarlett690 said...

Those illustrations are fabulous. I feel like they could just start speaking to me at any moment. We've been homeschooling for 7 years and History can be so much fun. I always enjoy new things and finding a way to work them into our daily assignments. Keep up the excellent work. Sherry
scarlett690@aol.com

Jacquie said...

Great detail in the illustrations! I also get a sense that the illustrator researched character and is giving us an accurate rendition of what that person would have been like. These will surely make the stories come to life. Great job!

Ranae said...

I love learning along with my children. I am learning about people I never knew of before. You have some great products!

Anonymous said...

Hi Terri,
We, meaning myself and all 5 of our children were totally engrossed..The illistrations are amazing,and this books was beautifully written..Our children were begging me to purchase this book so we could finish reading the entire book "together".. Their ages are 5,10,12,13,and 14..This says alot about this book with the age range and the fact they were totally engrossed and would like to read this book together..What a blessed job you have done, congratulations and God Bless all of you... ...t.muston@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I love getting a look inside the book. Bringing history alive with story rather than facts and figures is always more fun and easier to remember. Great illustrations!
t_scheuerman@yahoo.com

Corina said...

The idea of ordinary people doing extraordinary things intrigues me, especially in ancient times. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I have What Really Happened During the Middle Ages and we have enjoyed it. The Ancient times book looks just as good! I love the artwork and the stories are engaging and fun to read.
Thanks!
Deece in MN
deece@cutey.com

Anonymous said...

I really like the black & white Images. I think it would be fun to use watercolor pencils to color them and put in a notebook.
Jennie
jennieshutt@yahoo.com

Kathy T said...

We are currently studying ancient history and would love more Christian resources. I read the Eve free sample and enjoyed imagining what her feelings and personality may have been like. Thanks...I am happy for the chance to win a copy. Kathy T ticesaved@mwt.net

debbie said...

hi! this looks like it would be a good addition to unit studies!! very interesting!

thanks
debbie

Roberta said...

The illustrations are beautiful. We are studying ancient History this year, much of it is even new to this Mommy-teacher.

Dacia said...

I have read many of your downloads and have enjoyed the personal side of the stories. The black and white art allows my artsy daughter to color them in. We have used your maps since the beginning of our homeschool journey and have found none to equal their clean lines and ease of use. Thank you for your dedication to history's stage!

Lin said...

These books are so interesting, and with good illustrations, too. I tried writing a story about creation recently, and the more I tried to lengthen it, the more boring it got! What I read in the Eve sample was so much more exciting. These books look really great for teaching history.

Anonymous said...

The illustrations are amazing. We love history here and this looks great!

Jen
glondini(at)hotmail(dot)com

B & Mpnovoa said...

I was not able to view any samples of the book -

Katrina said...

Wow - EVERYTHING about the book looks fantastic (grin)! I think what I like the most (at least upon first glance) is that the age range is perfect for 2 of my children. They love to read, so what better way to learn about some of the famous people from history?

Katrain
steele6 (AT) att (DOT) net

Anonymous said...

Thanks for offering a free biography to try! I had my 9 yr old read it today and he asked for more because he loved it! Thanks, I will be getting the book now!
stevensara93@hotmail.com

Leah C said...

Please enter me for the drawing. This book looks wonderful! The illustrations are beautiful, and I love books that make history into a story. I'd love to have this.

Jude said...

I love the idea of history through biographies, stories of real people. It would be great to have these organized by time period! Thanks for the drawing!

Anonymous said...

Stories of real people are a favorite of our entire family! Please enter me into the drawing.

LKwarmbrand@verizon.net

Kristin said...

We are currently doing ancient time history and for us this owuld fit in perfectly. My son (6) and daughter (3)love for me to read to them. I feel that liturature is a great way to learn and enhance your studies. It can really bring a character to life.

I downloaded the smaple on Eve. WOW, it is written just wonderfully. My son was memzmorized by it. It just, like I said, really helped to bring her to life and make her seem more real!

Thanks for offering this contest. Can;t wait to see who wins. Good luck ladies!

Kristin Nitz
Heartfelt@sbcglobal.net
http://nutbugs.blogspot.com (homeschool reviews)

Anonymous said...

What an interesting accompaniment to any study of ancient times. It helps "flesh out" historical characters. Lovely drawings!

michelle said...

I printed this Eve bio out and every one in the family passed it around and enjoyed it!

Michelle

m2lsbc@gmail.com

michelle said...

We are studying ancient history right now - and loving it. Using real life stories is the way to go. I think I going to have to order it while it is on sale.

Anonymous said...

I downloaded the sample and read the Eve story last week. I was awed by the story - I loved it so much. Sandra@actsoflight.com

SebbieDue said...

The sample chapter offered a beautiful portrait of Eve through a tapestry of honest history and thoughtful prose. Darla's illustrations are intricately drawn and offer a glimpse of the personalities of these great icons of history. Thank you, Terry, for offering a product of such quality at a price that makes it available to even the most frugal of homeschool moms (e-book sale priced at less than $7)!

Debbie
sebbiedue1@gmail.com

littlehouse said...

Okay..the illustrations are so fascinating. I love having biographies at my fingertips also. It looks like such a wonderful book!!!
Stephanie
gobigredga@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the contest! I'd love to have the book, as I personally know very little about people of ancient times. Since I know little I don't refer to these times/people (except for the Bible) and my children are also less familiar with them.

Susan
business 83 @ verizon . net

Anonymous said...

As a mom of an artistic child, I can't help but be wowed by those illustrations. A natural inspiration for the pencil artist!

csbird_comm@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! My children have a wide age range, but the story format of history would draw them all in, I believe. Their grandmother does pencil drawings of them, so the illustrations in the book will resonate with them that these were REAL people.

k_baize7@yahoo.com

Mrs. Mandy said...

I love simplicity of the stories. They draw in the reader but yet are based in facts. Sounds like a wonderful resource.

Amanda
300sms@gmail.com

Erin N said...

I've been interested in this book for a while but haven't been able to afford it. My kids are just starting to really appreciate history (thanks to Dad) and we use the blank timelines to fill in every interesting thing and person we learn about. I think What Really Happened is a terrific book.

Anonymous said...

While there is a fair amount of conjecture in the Eve story, I do enjoy the illustrations, and the Bible citations and clarifications in the footnotes to get the REAL story, without too much preachiness. The story itself is interesting in that it allows us to look at these characters for the real people they were...with thoughts, feelings and activities they may have engaged in day to day. If read as a story with a historical basis, and not as history itself, it is a starting point for teaching and thinking.

I am interested to see the treatment of other historical figures in similar books.

spavlovits@charter.net

Berry Patch said...

I have the Middle Ages book & it's fantastic so I can't imagine I wouldn't love everything about the Ancient Times book as well. The drawings are amazing.
lisaanne29@Hotmail.com

Heather said...

The drawings are beautiful, but I think the kids would especially like the stories that they could identify with.
Heather

hknisley@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

I was intrigued by these historical portrayals of these prominent figures! It is always neat to see how they are "brought to life" by illustration and in story-form to catch the interest of our little ones and ourselves. :) Great work! I especially enjoyed that they were true to history and morally done--exactly as I would "picture" these people to be, but could never bring to life in story form myself. Again, great job! Can't wait to see the rest...I know my large family will enjoy them.


Sincerely,
Melissa
mselementaryhs@hotmail.com

mebegley said...

These drawings are awesome. They make history come alive and seem more real. The artist has a wonderful gift.

Anonymous said...

The book looks interesting, and I'd love to have a copy to explore with my daughter.
gbenington@yahoo.com

Wyoming said...

I was captivated by how the 'sample' bio drew me in with suspense. Definitely a winner. Also, the sketches are creative works of art! Wonderful.

sassyb139@yahoo.com

Denise said...

Thank you for creating a fasinating book about ancient times. My children love to listen when I read history to them, even the books with more facts than stories! This would be a wonderful book for our library.
Denise
purriers5@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for these great treasures. What a great way to dig deeper into history. The drawings are amazing!!

Christy
dcburkefam@sbcglobal.net

Debbie said...

I would love to win this. We have your What Really Happened During the Middle Ages book and are using it in our current study of the Middle Ages but I never got the Ancient one. We love your products. I have the cd of the complete Blackline maps and we use them all the time. I also hope to buy your Time Travelers Series when we get to the time periods you have covered. I wish you had the Middle Ages done that you have plans to do in the future :-)

I hope I win this or the Wonders of Old book since I did the survey also. I have wanted the Wonders of Old since it came out but cannot afford it. It is on my want list so if I don't win it maybe I will be able to afford it soon.
Thanks for the chance to win these great prizes.
Debbie
http://debbiesdigest.blogspot.com

fixedonHim said...

This looks so interesting. I know our girls hope that I win a copy of this book!

Blessings,
Denise

Anonymous said...

I really liked the illustrations and think they would be a great way to interest my "artist" daughter in ancient history. It looks like another great product.
Melissa MJP@adams.net

Anonymous said...

I really think the illustrations would draw my "artist' daughter into ancient history. This is definately going on my wish list.
MJPrinty@adams.net
(I left the wrong e-mail address on a previous comment and may or may not have gotten it erased. I struggle with technology.)

Vicki Barnes said...

When does the sale end, in case I'm a winner? By the way, I love the book cover. It looks authentically old. I like that about history books. It makes me think they really understand the subject. If I buy a history book and it's cover looks like it was made by a computer graphics guy, I wonder if the info is accurate and tend to peruse the book alot longer before I buy.

Dena M said...

I like the story format for teaching about the people you've selected and the selection of people chosen. Two of my daughters prefer to learn history from stories and would enjoy reading this book.
Thank you for the chance to win a book on ancient historical figures.
Dena (motzrd@msn.com)

Bonnie said...

I loved the Eve biography sample. The story was told in a riveting way and really caused me to think of her as a Mom and not just a character in a story. I think if the rest of the book is as well written as Eve, then it will be great.
bonnie.sydow@yahoo.com

L Brons said...

I look forward to sharing my love of studying history with my young children and know your books will help to share that love even earlier than text books alone. I agree about the space down to the sample. I didn't even know it was there until seeing it mentioned in other comments and I've looked at your sales page before. The illustrations are both beautiful and yet approachable by students working on portraiture. While my children are too young for that I can see that making the text of more interest to budding artists as well. -L Brons bluehydrangea at gmail dot com

3CountryGirls said...

I love teaching deeper history lessons. This book fits right in to that. I do not like "surface" teaching about history. It is one of our favorite subjects and I want to know the "meaty" details. This books says it offers that so I would like to read it.
Blessings,
Niki
gndksmith@yahoo.com