Written By Nancy Pelander Johnson
Illustrated by Lloyd R. Hight
Nancy Pelander Johnson did a wonderful job in including the animals she did in 44 Animals of the Bible. From common to uniquely named creatures, the animals she included were all illustrated beautifully by Lloyd R. Hight and interesting to my children. The biblical references were also a wonderful addition as the King James Version (KJV) is always a great starting point in comparing scriptures as differing versions change vocabulary a bit. We like the KJV but always compare other versions in order for the children to understand and compare in terms that are more modern.
Each animal description received full-page descriptions with details for each animal highlighted as well as the scripture reference for the child to read or turn to on their own. Together, a parent and child can take the animal explanations to another level by integrating current information on each animal and creating science and social studies lessons from each. Researching the globe to find the existing locations of our animals was a highlight of our looking through the pages and researching where they are currently found. This book has many issues to be discussed and investigated in reference to animals and their bible correlations and will not be a disappointment to a children’s book lover.
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Water & Weather: From the Flood to Forecasts
By Tom De Rosa and Carolyn Reeves
Water and Weather is a concise thematic unit study supporting a biblical perspective. Tom De Rosa, a creationist and experienced science educator, along with Carolyn Reeves, also a science teacher with a doctorate in science education who is currently writing and providing educational consulting, did a wonderful job on this book’s content. It is written with both the teacher and student in mind. It has twenty investigation chapters along with a glossary of relevant terms. The home school parent and teacher will not find it difficult to organize the content as it is all written out on page five in How To Use This Book. Bloom’s taxonomy of teaching is definitely incorporated into throughout all lessons from defining to evaluating. Each investigation has the teacher engage the student in actively realizing the information for more than words on a page. In chapter one, students will design their own fossils after learning about how God created the dinosaurs and physically measuring them out on the floor to determine their size. Afterward, they will answer investigation questions to summarize the information. There are countless numbers of activities that can stem off of these investigations. The authors created some wonderful text and activities that will kick off a multiplicity of ideas to discover. This book has more than the typical water cycle and weather content. I am impressed with the range of content and vivid pictures as well. The book is inexpensive and can be purchased with a matching journal and teachers guide each only for $4.99. You will be pleased with this book.
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For the curious at heart, The Answers Book for Kids, Volumes 5 and 6 by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge are perfect. Small enough to port around and in full color these books are going to fill your child’s mind with answers to the most asked questions about Space and Astronomy and the Tower of Babel and the Ice Age, respectfully. For the not so curious these two volumes will open eyes to new thoughts and biblical concepts that have not been discovered by young and old. Creating teachable moments, the books can be read all the way through by the book connoisseur or one question per day for those that like to think things through at a steady pace. The pictures are created with fully illustrated mixed media art on the left side of each page and include a child engaging in a picture relating to the topic at hand along with the question asked. These pages include the child’s name and age creating a relatable connection for the young reader. The right side of the page spread has the answer to the questions starting with the scripture reference. The scripture is completely written out so there is no lag in connecting to the answer. Afterward, Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge put forth their summary of what the scripture says and personal commentary on how the scripture can be interpreted or explained. Volume 5, Space and Astronomy, also includes some charts titled Yearly Meteor Shower Dates, Table of Planets and the First 5 Dwarf Planets, and a succinct glossary of definitions to expand on. Finally, each page ends with a Bible icon that will allow for further research on the topic. The books are enlightening to say the least. As I read them, I was introduced to inquisitive questions I had not thought of before and their interesting answers. Ken and Bodie have created a valuable and fun resource for our children to learn how God created the universe.
Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge have also written these volumes:
Vol. 1: 22 Questions on Creation and the Fall
Vol. 2: 22 Questions on Dinosaurs and the Flood of Noah
Vol. 3: 22 Questions on God and the Bible
Vol. 4: 22 Questions on Sin, Salvation, and Christian Life
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God In My Everything is broken into five parts: Rules, Roots, Relate, Restore, and Reach out. All of these components are illustrated in a tree type graph showing the basis of his writings throughout. This is great for the visual person to refer to and see the components all working together. All of the content is based on his life and what he has replicated from the monastic lifestyle. He does not set out a “diet” type life method to legalistically follow but rather a concise suggestion list on methods that have worked for him in all the different areas he talks over. My favorite and most needed section is Shigematsu’s writing on “Roots” including structuring your Sabbath, prayer life and nourishing your soul through sacred readings. He also discusses several other facets of our everyday lives and how to bring the balance into all areas. He includes areas in the book for writing your reflections after reading his questions to sum up the points of each section. I see this as being useful in a bible study. Another interesting section lies within the wealth of references in his Notes section. I love tapping into the background information that good authors are reading from. I don’t believe any one book is the answer to all of our desires for balancing our lives but we must take the information and make use of Shigematu’s discoveries in this reinterpretation of how to live a more holistic and fulfilling life.
About the Author: Ken Shigematsu
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Review By Laura Galindo
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By Brad Riley
Cute pictures and story line was my first impression. A fish obeying and helping his grandmother preserve her home, prepared by God to fulfill a calling, yet caught in a net… the suspense builds! As you read through this book with your “baby” there will be plenty of exciting moments to dwell on together. Young ones are going to need help with this storybook’s vocabulary. But with mom and dad’s or grandparent’s help a child and a fish who sleeps in a shell will become wonderful friends.
Wonderful words like Galilee and Capernaum are included in this text. I can see many teachable moments coming out of this writing with a lot of Biblical cross references to tap into.
Props go out to Krystahl Goodale, the illustrator, as well with the precious and inviting pictures of under the sea life in combination with Bible times.
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