I listened to the audio book of this a few years ago and was charmed. It was written by EH Gombrich in the 30's as an introduction for children. When I started listening again last week I wondered when it would be appropriate for my granddaughters.
I stopped about halfway through. There are two related flaws, only one of which I noticed the first time. Taken together, I would no longer recommend it as history - though it does remain charming.
It is in the old history style, focusing on battles, kings, and changes in official religion. As we moved away from that lots of folks sniffed that we were moving to History Lite and it was all some anti-American, anti-Western, anti-male, anti-something tripe - an effort to evade the hard work of learning concrete information. There's some truth in that, but much less than half. More modern historical treatments focus on what families were like, or how cultures viewed death, or trade. We spend more time on domestic architecture, migration, and relations among groups - things that had always been present, but only brought forward when they impacted the big stuff.
I greatly approve. If we wanted to know about the history of Papua New Guinea, or heck a newly-discovered planet, we would care not at all about their intrigues and coups and wars. We would want to know what their lives were like, and how that developed. Wars and rulers would influence that, but it would be those which were in the supplemental role.
Gombrich hits some of the big items in cultural history - one could hardly ignore the Renaissance, even if one believes (as I do), that it was a long process starting around 1100 rather than an explosive one starting in the 15th C. But he underemphasises such things. I don't like my history that way anymore. Relatedly, his perspective is very much that of standard narrative bequeathed to us by the Enlightenment, which emphasises how wonderful rationalism is contrasted to faith or trade or technology, achieved by ignoring such things as its connection to the French and Communist and National Socialist revolutions. I think reasoning a wonderful thing, and one of the great forces for good in Western Civilisation. But unchecked, it has unintended effects, just like everything else in the world.
Gombrich does not state his early 20th-C continental rationalism explicitly for children. But it is strongly implicit in his choice of materials, and perhaps more pernicious thereby.