The Companion Reader is a bridge between a textbook and living books. It contains simple articles about cultures, places and events from history in more depth than is found in most textbooks, stories to illustrate themes contained in the Connecting with History units, and short historical stories written in a friendly, conversational style about real people and events.
Most of the selections are written for the elementary (Grammar stage) level, although older students will enjoy and benefit from them, as well. Many of the stories also lend themselves to being read aloud to Beginner level students.
Above all, the purpose of this book is to make history come to life: to make it interesting, enjoyable, and relevant to a child’s daily life. Approach it, not as a textbook, but as part of the fascination of learning about different places and times in which very real people lived.