So I was really glad to discover this book as part of our curriculum!
Written by VM Hillyer, it's not a very current book, but the information is all factual and up-to-date. We have been using the book as a companion to other history books (non-fiction, and fiction-fact history books).
I love the way the book is written - the author writes as if giving a lesson to a young student in simple words and descriptions, so that when you are reading it to your child it's as if you're just talking, telling him or her these historical stories.
Although I've heard many parents choose to skip the first chapter (it mentions both big bang theory and God and some may disagree) I loved every page, and that is pretty much the only chapter of this book with anything 'controversial' (although I find most history books have statements by the author in them that many find controversial and should always be read by you before you read it to your kids).
The book covers history from the beginning of the human civilization (stone age), and goes right up to when the author was writing it. Nothing is left out, but discretion is used of course since it is geared towards younger children. The book also includes helpful maps, and some portraits of historical figures, all in black and white.
The back cover of the book simply says:
"From where we are now, let us look down at the flights below us and listen to the story of what has happened in the years gone by" -VMHThe books contents is also organized into a great 'List of Stories' with titles such as (not in order):
How things Started (the beginning of the earth)
The Tomb Builders (about ancient Egyptians)
A World At War (about the first world war)
You can buy the book and view reviews on amazon by clicking here or the picture at the top.