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Book reviews

The Stone Age

to the Iron Age

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Here we review some of the best fiction and non-fiction books to go with the topic Stone Age to Iron Age.

Stone Age Boy

This engaging picture book tells the story of a boy who falls down a hole to find himself back in time 15,000 years. He wakes in a prehistoric camp and finds out about life in a Stone Age village. Stone Age Boy is a hugely popular book with lower KS2 classes and is a great way of encouraging children to engage with how life might have been different during Stone Age times.  

Check out our Stone Age Boy Literacy Pack to go with this text.

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

A comic style book in which Ug lives with his parents during the Stone Age. Raymond Briggs uses imaginative humour to detail the challenges of prehistoric life including stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers!   Ug is a popular text that provides a great gateway into debate and discussions about how fair a portrayal of Stone Age people as basic and primitive might actually be.

Stig of the Dump

Stig of the Dump is a classic children's novel about a young boy called Barney who encounters a strange cave dwelling creature called Stig. Stig takes Barney on a series of fantastic adventures into prehistoric times. This classic text is superb as a class reader or for a literacy unit.

Check out our Stig of the Dump Teacher's Pack to help with your planning.

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

A fun and quirky picture book doubling as an instruction manual for the 'mammoth' task of pinning down and washing this prehistoric beast. This is a humorous and creative text and a brilliant link to instruction writing.

Check out our How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth Literacy Pack to go with this text.

The Boy with the Bronze Axe

If you are looking for a class text about the Bronze Age, this is the one for you. Set in the Scottish settlement of Skara Brae, The Boy with the Bronze Axe has a story line filled with exciting challenges and mysteries. Perfect for confident readers or as a class novel.

Wolf Brother

This gripping children's novel takes us back in time 6000 years as twelve year old Torak and his wolf cub journey through the prehistoric landscape. Wolf Brother is a real page-turner that uses the structure of an adventure story and majors on the theme of good versus evil in a prehistoric setting. Highly recommended for more confident readers or upper KS2

The Secrets of Stonehenge

The Secrets of Stonehenge is a fascinating information text full of images, questions and captions that probe deeply into the mysteries of Stonehenge. This engaging non-fiction text is easy to understand and bursting with interesting facts and theories.

The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age

An accessible information text designed especially for the 2014 National Curriculum, this is a text pitched for teachers and pupils of lower KS2. Taking an investigative approach to history, The History Detective Investigtes Stone Age to Iron Age examines key questions and pieces of evidence from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages in order to build a picture of life in prehistoric times.

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