Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Historium

*Disclosure: I received this item to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

I have been a voracious reader since I was about 4 years old. I just love books and the way they can educate us and introduce us to new people and places and teach us about history. Reading books about different periods of time is one of my favorite things to do. I also really love visiting museums and seeing artifacts from different times and places. I recently received a new book that combines these two loves, and that I think would make a great gift for the museum or history lover in your life. It's called Historium, and here's a bit about it, from the publisher's website:

Welcome to the museum! There are more than 160 historical artifacts to be discovered in Welcome to the Museum: Historium. Wander the galleries of this museum whenever you wish—it’s open 365 days a year!—and discover a collection of curated objects on every page, accompanied by informative text. Each chapter features a different ancient civilization, from the Silla dynasty of Korea to ancient Rome.
Discover more than 160 exhibits in this virtual museum, open all hours.

When I opened this book at sat down with it at my dining room table (it's a large book, you'll want to be sitting somewhere that you can spread it out), I was immediately drawn in by its beautiful pictures, details about the items and information about the people to which the items belonged. Each section has a lovely introduction about the people and how, when and where they lived their lives. I've been learning a lot! Honestly, until I looked at the back of the book today and saw that it is recommended for kids 8-12 years old, I had no idea that this was considered to be a book for kids! It would definitely be a good way to introduce kids to the idea of archaeology and different civilizations, but it's a fun book for older history loves as well! I highly recommend it.