3 Introduction For many years, I have been collecting short stories and articles written or children with the idea o publishing anthologies to accompany each volume o the Connecting with History program. It has been a project that was constantly put on the backburner because o other, more pressing projects that needed to be accomplished. I am thrilled to nally be able to ofer this rst book in a series o Companion Readers . Tis Companion Reader is a bridge between a textbook and living books. It contains simple articles about cultures, places and events rom history in more depth than is ound in most textbooks, stories to illustrate themes contained in the Connecting with History units, and short historical stories written in a riendly, conversational style about real people and events. Each chapter o this book corresponds to a unit in Connecting with History, Volume One . o make them more easily incorporated into your history studies, most o the stories are organized to correspond with the Volume One Daily Lesson Plans. Some topics include multiple selections to appeal to a variety o age levels. Don’t eel that you have to assign every story in the book. You may want to assign particular readings to your child; on the other hand, you might not want to assign the stories at all, but let children read and enjoy the stories during their leisure time. Most o the selections are written or independent reading at the elementary (Grammar stage) level, although older students will enjoy and benet rom them, as well. Many o the stories lend themselves to being read aloud to Beginner level students. You are the judge o what will appeal to your particular child. Te stories have been selected rom classic books, most written beore 1923. Many o the stories have been edited to update the language and spelling to make them easier to read or modern children. Some stories have been abridged as well. Most quotes rom the Bible have been changed to the New American translation. Above all, the purpose o this book is to make history come to lie: to make it interesting, relevant to a child’s daily lie, and enjoyable. Approach it, not as a textbook, but as part o the ascination o learning about diferent places and times in which very real people lived. Tank you to Mary Jo Loboda or all o her hard work in ormatting, prooreading, and editing this volume. Many thanks also to Margot Davidson or her constant support, encouragement and mentoring.