Famous Men of...books at Schoolhouse Publishing!
The Famous Men of... guides are published by two different publishers and are considered to be homeschool classics. If you are looking for a particular edition, please see the information below to determine which one you need. This series involves two important principles in teaching history to children: biography, which incorporates interesting stories about real people, and chronology, which gives the correct order to the events surrounding their lives. These studies are biblically based and use biblical standards to evaluate historical figures and events with a focus on people and cultures. For grades 7-12, these are recommended spine books for TruthQuest. What is a "spine book"? Remember, in TruthQuest history, no single book is "required," however, there are a number of books that are referred to to create an educational/historical spine in which your student can "hang" all his new-found knowledge. If you are using TQ history, you may find it helpful to include one or two of these in your study. These books would also provide support for Mystery of History 2.
Famous Men of... books published by Green Leaf Press: Green Leaf Press was among the first in the homeschool movement to introduce studying history by studying the people who made history. They reprinted the 1904 classics by John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland, but edited them in order to improve their clarity and readability. Also, some of the editorial judgments on famous men have been adjusted to more formally evaluate them by biblical standards. The Green Leaf Press version is full of black-and-white illustrations to help your homeschool student better-comprehend his reading.
Famous Men of...books published by Memoria Press: They've reprinted the 1904 classics by John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland, but edited and revised them with approximately 30 full color oil paintings in each volume (plus photos), and printed them on a rich, glossy paper. These are beautiful books! Memoria Press has also added a glossary of people and places as well as maps to help students place each historical figure and event in its geographical context.
What's the difference between the two? As far as I can tell, there's hardly any difference in the text and no difference in the table of contents. The main difference is in the illustrations (black and white or lots and lots of color). This difference bumps the text onto different pages, so if you are using a curriculum that wants you to read, for example, pages 1-5, you might have to read a little further in Memoria Press versions because of the abundance of illustrations. I haven't taken the time to read the 2 versions side-by-side to check details, but the chapters I did compare seemed identical to me.