By E. H. Gombrich

E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling historical past of the area for younger readers tells the tale of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing now not on small aspect yet at the sweep of human event, the level of human fulfillment, and the intensity of its frailty. The fabricated from a beneficiant and humane sensibility, this undying account makes intelligible the entire span of human heritage. In 40 concise chapters, Gombrich tells the tale of guy from the stone age to the atomic bomb. In among emerges a colourful photograph of wars and conquests, grand artworks, and the unfold and boundaries of technological know-how. this can be a textual content ruled no longer by means of dates and proof, yet via the sweep of mankind’s event around the centuries, a advisor to humanity’s achievements and an acute witness to its frailties.

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It was beautiful. Ivy pictured the shimmering creature on her shoulder like a little jewel and held her breath. Careful. Don’t move. Think like a hummingbird. “Vvvvvvvum,” she murmured. ” said Bean. Ivy shook her head. Shhh, Bean. The hummingbird darted from flower to flower. Come on, look at me, thought Ivy. See how good I am. The hummingbird came to a stop on a stem and turned to look at her thoughtfully. For a second, Ivy was a hummingbird inside. Then—whoosh. The bird zoomed past her head again and disappeared into the blue sky.

The bird zoomed past her head again and disappeared into the blue sky. Ivy was discouraged. The hummingbird hadn’t even noticed her pure heart. Her headband was still in the street and was probably going to get run over. , Liana, and Dino were lined up on the curb across Pancake Court, staring at Ivy. Katy was there, too, sitting on her paper bag, staring. It was distracting. Bean was distracting, too. She was standing beside Ivy on the lawn. She was supposed to be holding up her arms for the birds, but she kept bending down to scratch her legs.

Bean didn’t like the sound of that. 37 A CRUMMY PLAN Bean could not think one more nice thought. She had thought something nice about every single kid in her class. She had wished that there were peace on earth and no more litter—that should make the animals happy— and that everyone had plenty to eat and only things they liked. Not one bird had come anywhere near her. There was sweat dripping out from under her hair. Plus, her arms ached. “Shoot,” said Bean, dropping her arms. ” Ivy dropped her arms, too.

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