Monday, June 27, 2005

News From Peace Hill Press - Summer '05

Here is the full text of an email that I received from Peace Hill Press dated 6/09/05. This had no copyright notice, so I figured it was okay to post the whole thing to my blog, so long as I make it clear that I didn’t author it. As I said, it was an email I received from Peace Hill Press dated 6/09/05.

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Summer's here, and we've got a bumper crop of news from Peace Hill Farm. We hope your
sun is hot, your pool is refreshing, and your tea is iced. (And for our Southern Hemisphere
friends, we hope your snow is fluffy, your driveway is clear, and your chocolate is hot. Have
you seen our new mugs?) The respite that most get when the summer months roll around
(Wait! Why are you laughing?) is not to be found at Peace Hill Press, where we're working hard
at getting new books and materials ready for you for the fall. Here's a little update with some
news about our latest releases.

The moment many of you have been waiting for is finally here. Volume 4 of The Story of the
World is available! That means the series is complete, and your 1st - 6th graders can get
their complete introduction to world history. As proud as we are of all of our books, we're
most excited about Volume 4. 1850 to 1994 was a time of both amazing accomplishment
and intense darkness for humanity. The final book in the series covers it all, beginning with
the Great Exhibition in London (celebrating the breadth and power of the British Empire) and
ending with the election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa (celebrating the spread of
democracy throughout the world). In between we see brilliant inventors, brave explorers, and
heavy-handed dictators. SOTW4 is out, available now at Peace Hill Press, available soon at
bookstores everywhere. We're thrilled.

We're working on the Activity Book for Volume 4 now. Although we aren't sure when the
Activity Book will be available in print form, we'll post PDFs of the first several chapters
online by Labor Day so you can begin your history study for the year.

More exciting news: Our first biographies are out! You might remember the biography
contest we held a little while back. Over the last 18 months, we've worked with the authors
and an outstanding illustrator, and we're releasing the first two books in the Who in the
World? series. These books cover famous, infamous, and not-as-famous-as-they-should-be
figures from history. Our first two tell the stories of Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the
printing press, and Ethelred the Unready, who became the Anglo-Saxon king when he was
just ten years old. These readers are perfect for a second-grade reading level. For those of
you with students in Volume 2 of The Story of the World, these work well as additional
reading. You can find out more about these books by visiting the front page of our website,
http://peacehillpress.com. We'll have free bookmarks from these biographies at the HEAV
conference in Virginia, so come by our booth and pick one up!

We have some more bios in the works. Stay tuned for more information on those.

Again, we hope summer's treating you well. We'll leave you with a "roadtrip tip" that several
parents have passed on to us: Reading aloud a Story of the World (or playing the SOTW
audiobook) in the car is a great way to keep the kids (and you) entertained, engaged, and
distracted as you make your way to the mountains, the shore, your in-laws', or wherever you
might be going. Wherever your summer vacation spot is, we hope you have a great time, that
you get there safely, and that you send us a postcard.

Sincerely,
The Folks at Peace Hill Press

Books Mentioned in This Update:
+ The Story of the World, Vol. 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria's Empire to the Fall of
the USSR
- by Susan Wise Bauer
- illustrations and maps by Sarah Park
+ Who in the World Was the Secretive Printer? The Story of Johannes Gutenberg
- by Robert Beckham
- illustrations by Jed Mickle
+ Who in the World Was the Unready King? The Story of Ethelred
- by Connie Clark
- illustrations by Jed Mickle

Our Website (for more info and ordering):
+ http://peacehillpress.com

Our Message Boards (for insight, input, community, and summer cookout recipes):
+ http://wtmboards.com

Our Address (for postcards):
+ Peace Hill Press / 18101 The Glebe Lane / Charles City, VA 23030

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