The Story of the World, Vol 1: Ancient Times - by Susan Wise Bauer
The back cover reads:
Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas - find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous tory of the world's civilizations.