Yesterday I got an envelope from Norton with the first review-type reaction to the History of the Ancient World. It’s a “Prepublication Alert” from Library Journal–not a review (since they haven’t had time to write one; the galleys just went out), but a notice that the book may be of especial interest to libraries. A Prepub Alert is a good sign. It means interest in the book is beginning to build.

So here’s the notice, in full.

BAUER, SUSAN WISE. The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. Norton, Feb. 2007. 800 p. ISBN 0-393-05974-X [ISBN 978-0-393-05974-8]. $29.95. First in a four-volume series from a William & Mary professor who also homeschools her four children, this promises to be the work of a very fertile mind.

Which struck me as extremely funny.

Products of my fertile mind

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  • Janice in NJ

    Hmmm… definitely looks fertile to me. They look like the kind of group that’s always hatching something fresh. 🙂

  • Lori

    LOL! Beats some other stuff they could be saying about you!

  • Staci in MO

    I so thought that you were working up to a Big Announcement.

  • Emelia

    Mrs. Bauer,

    I’m 22 years old, newly-married, and hoping to homeschool my children some day. I’ve been reading some samples of your book online and it sounds fantastic. I grew up in public school, and am almost done with my B.A. in Middle East Studies and Arabic from a public university, but I am confident that my kids won’t be getting the same kind of education that I have. I was so thrilled to find this book because I’ve been hoping to learn how to provide a classical education for my kids for quite some time. My husband and I are preparing to be missionaries in the Middle East, so there’s no way I could send my kids to public (or even private) school, but I also don’t just want them to “get through” school; I want them to be more than mediocre.

    Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!

    Emelia S.

  • meggan

    word association: crescent

  • Lynn in WI

    That’s hilarious!

  • Lizzy

    Right… this is really fun stuff. It’s true that they should be careful how they use the word “fertile” when marketing to mainly homeschooling moms… do they really want to encourage us to bear more of these “kinds of children”? Ha-haaaa!
    Lovely kids, btw! and lively:)

  • Diane

    You make me laugh, Susan (-: Fertile, indeed!


  • Heather

    Wow…I like the bleached look on the oldest! I am sure he is pleased with it.

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