This week I am reading The Life and Times of Confucius as our history read-aloud. It contains 5 short chapters, so it is easy to cover in a week. The vocabulary isn't your simple picture book vocabulary and it has nice little FYI sections with pictures at the end of each chapter. I like it enough that we will be using a couple of other ones, but it isn't beautiful. This book on Confucius fits the bill for Duncan, but it is definitely a library book that a middle school student could use to write a report IYKWIM.