When Redpeffer and I visited the Spring Fair in Birmingham earlier this year we spent some time on the What On Earth? stand. We were shown The Magna Carta Chronicle which they have launched to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta on 15th June 1215 at Runnymede. I have a vague recollection of seeing one of the original copies of the Magna Carta which is held at Salisbury Cathedral as a child.
I’ve been passionate about history for as long as I can remember and I love anything that brings history alive for children in an easily explained way. Every Primary School in England is receiving a copy of The Magna Carta Chronicle so all of our young children can learn about this crucial part of our heritage.
Having just gone through a General Election I wonder how many of us take the freedom to vote and to choose our political leaders for granted. We follow 800 years of history from King John’s signing of the Magna Carta, the abolition of slavery after the American Civil War, right through to the falling of the Berlin Wall, ending of Apartheid in South Africa and to next week’s celebrations at Runnymede. All told through newspaper articles in a way to capture children’s imaginations.
Whilst a 5 year old Monkey is too young to read this book for himself, or to understand the finer details, right now, its a book to refer to over the years to come. The Magna Carta Chronicle includes an 8 page fold-out time line covering events of the last 800 years and a crossword and quiz to test what children have learnt through the pages. It’s very well put together and I hope my son and others like him will appreciate it’s contents and the journey we’ve taken to enjoy the freedoms we have today.
Priced at £8.99, I’ve noticed that it’s currently on offer over on Amazon and I’ve included my affiliate link for you below. It’s a book I would have spent hours enthralled by as a child!
disclaimer: we were sent this book in exchange for an honest review