Tuesday 30 September 2014

Ladybird Tuesday - Stone Age Man in Britain

The Ladybird book Stone Age Man in Britain is part of Series 561 - Adventures from History. At the time my copy was published in 1961 it was the only book in the Prehistory sub-category.

Ladybird Adventures from History - Stone Age Man in Britain

The book begins with an introduction to the world as it was before the Stone Age, although with no real timescale, just "thousands of years ago". It's specifically about Britain, after the glaciers receded and Britain became warm enough for the very earliest ever people to live here to move across from France (which was actually joined to Britain then).

Ladybird Adventures from History - Stone Age Man in Britain

The book describes a very basic early civilisation of cave men, with no metal, or pottery, although they did have the knowledge to make fire. They hunted wild animals like the mammoth and sabre-toothed tiger, animals which have now disappeared. Then about six or seven thousand years ago a new group of people called the Neolithic people arrived in England, a more intelligent civilisation with greater knowledge of weapons for hunting and a more developed brain. These were the Stone Age men, able to hunt with flint knives, fish, build houses and sew clothes.

Ladybird Adventures from History - Stone Age Man in Britain

The book describes the way that they lived and the skills that they developed in some detail. For example, the process of making a boat from a hollowed out tree trunk, the beginnings of farming, and finally the building of Stonehenge.

It's a really fascinating book, and as always the illustrations really bring the information to life. I know that the Stone Age is a subject that Harry will be covering at school at some point, and this will be a handy reference!

If you love Ladybird books, do pop over and visit Ladybird Tuesday, where Being Mrs C is assembling a really comprehensive catalogue of Ladybird books and reviews.

Below you can find links to all my Ladybird Tuesday book posts.

Snow White and Rose Red
Hansel and Gretel
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding Hood
The Ugly Duckling
The Railway Children
A Little Princess
A First book of Aesop's Fables

A Ladybird Book about Knitting
More Things to Make - For Special Occasions
Easy to Make Puppets
Learning to Sew
Stamp Collecting
Tricks and Magic

Prehistoric Animals and Fossils
Stone Age Man in Britain
Great Civilisations - Crete
Charles Dickens
Lives of the Great Composers Book 1
Lives of the Great Composers Book 2
The Story of Music

Plants and How They Grow
The Ladybird Book of the Night Sky
Sea and Air Mammals
The Farm

The Story of Nuclear Power
The Motor Car
How it Works - The Computer
How it Works - The Rocket
The Story of Ships
The Postman and the Postal Service
People at Work - The Nurse

Understanding Numbers
Talkabout Clothes
Going to School
Teaching Reading

Stories of Special Days and Customs
Christmas Customs

Girls and Boys - A Ladybird Book of Childhood

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