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Number of Pages: 356
Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)|
The authors divide the book into sections based on common divisions of the animal kingdom. Then each two-page spread covers a different species. Occasionally a species earns a few more pages. Gorgeous full-color photos and drawings of animals fill every page. The authors give basic facts about the animals in the species: descriptions, habitats, whether theyre endangered, food, and mating habits. In addition, each species merits a box that subdivides the species and summarizes the characteristics. Some pages include other information about the animals, such as the largest animal of the species or some unusual fact about their habitat or status.
Much of The World of Animals is "origins-neutral," relating only facts. However, some parts are strongly creationist and some are evolutionary. The creationist philosophy appears strongly intentional. The Introduction is thoroughly creationist. Other creationist statements include: "But in beetles the front two wings were created hard and strong" (p. 74) "God designed these intricate relationships" (p. 34) On p. 102, the authors issue a strong call for stewardship over the earth based on Psalm 24:10 "These creatures were masterfully created by God" (p. 103) "These beautifully crafted creatures show forth the magnificent handiwork of God, the Master Designer" (p.141) They "were not created with the ability to fly" (p. 162) "The rare kakapo parrot of New Zealand was created without the ability to fly because it has no natural predators where it lives, and so does not need to escape by flying" (p. 162) "Penguins are so well designed to life in the water that their wings are more like flippers" (p. 162) "But swifts are so well designed for flight that they rarely settle on a perch" (p. 181)
However, most of the evolutionary statements appear to be uses of evolutionary terminology commonly used but not thought through by the authors. The authors chose the word adapt or one of its derivatives several times in ways that evolutionists would (pp. 63, 158, 179, and 240). They "relate" one species to another or talk of relatives of animals (pp. 67, 165, 169, 212, and 237). Usually in evolutionary circles the terms mean that the scientists believe the animals come from a common evolutionary ancestor. Here it is unclear what the authors intend. Can these species interbreed so they are a common "kind" in the biblical sense? The most troubling, most deliberate, and most questionable use of relative is, "They (the great apes) are also the closest living relatives of ourselves [sic], the human species" (p. 244). How could a creationist say this? We were a separate creation from all others. The authors could have said, "The great apes are more similar to the human species anatomically than any other creature." The sunbeam snake's "body has a mixture of primitive (ancient) and advanced (modern) features" (p. 154). Did God somehow update his original design of snakes?
I have included these origins-related references because to some readers they matter greatly. I know I have missed a few, but I wanted to give a full account so that readers could make a better decision. As a creationist, I want information of this quality out for the young people in my family, but I may go back and color code the passages so that the children will learn to recognize the assumptions behind the evolutionary code words.
The book is both beautiful and fascinating. The hard cover shows a sunset savannah in bold oranges and browns, but superimposed on the middle of the savannah is a close-up of a three dimensional tiger which switches from placid to snarling with a faint adjustment of the cover. Every page is colorful and contains vividly-colored photographs. Unfortunately, on the darker colored areas of a few pages, the font, especially the smaller print, can be hard to make out. That is relatively rare.
This would make an excellent book to leave out on a coffee table for young people to peruse. I don't believe this could be used a life science text by itself, because it has no questions and few diagrams of structures, but it could supplement a program. It is an easy book to browse through and read interesting portions. No page has large blocks of printing, paragraphs are fairly short, and photographs decorate each page. - Debbie W. Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Eclectic Homeschool Mom5 Stars Out Of 5Zoology CurriculumOctober 3, 2014Eclectic Homeschool MomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I used the "World of Animals" as a part of Master Books Zoology Curriculum this year (6th grade and 3rd grade). My children love it. The pictures are colorful and the information (while in depth) seems to hold the kids' interest. It was a little bit tricky to start the books with Protists, as the kids had no understanding of these simple, microscopic creatures and had a hard time grasping the concept; but they quickly seemed to catch on. This will probably be a book that we keep on the self for future reference.
AnnieAlberta, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5well laid out nice presentationDecember 4, 2013AnnieAlberta, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5great animal encyclopedia. nice that its from a Christian perspective. amazing photos. covers a wide range of animals.
seekingmyLordAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fascinating Facts and Eye-Catching IllustrationsJune 30, 2012seekingmyLordAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The World of Animals is a wonderful introduction to the classifications of the animal kingdom. The first section covers Simple Animals like protists, sponges, hydroids, and coral. The following sections are Worms, Snails & Starfish; Insects and Other Arthropods; Fish; Amphibians & Reptiles; Birds; and Mammals.
This hard back book of 256 pages is high quality with an eye-catching holographic picture of a tiger integrated on the cover. The World of Animals would be good for 3rd to 9th grade children, best for the average 5th to 7th grader. Each turn of the page brings eye-catching illustrations and interesting facts. I was so impressed with the book and my daughter's response to it that I decided to use it as one of the main science books this coming year when we cover the animal kingdom.
As a Christian homeschooling parent, I have a very difficult time finding science books that just give facts without evolution theory webbed in and presented as fact. This book is definitely ideal as it does not have any evolution theory at all. It also is not apologetics, but does credit God as the Creator in the Introduction. It is foremost a science book about facts as they are right here, right now, as science should be.
Although I do like The World of Animals as a reference book very much, I do think it could have been better if it had provided simple trees to help visualize the relationships. Also, I would personally have preferred more use of the Latin names as well. From a homeschooling perspective, this book is arranged more as a reference book than a curriculum. It provides facts but no inquiries, summations, or reviews so it would need to be supplemented.
I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
SoaringEagleUSAGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 10, 2012SoaringEagleUSAGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The World of Animals - Fascinating facts about the world of Animals by Martin Walters & Jinny Johnson, a joint edition between My Father's World and Master Books, is great for a homeschool resource book or anybody who loves animals, like my daughter does.
This book has a Christian world-view, over 240 pages full of facts about numerous animals, from worms, snails, to insects, fish, amphibians & reptiles, birds and mammals. Colorful illustrations depicting all kinds of animals that God created. At the back of the book there's the glossary and index.
I asked my animal loving daughter what she liked about the book and she said, "It has froggies!!!" I think her favorite section was the amphibians. In that section they described what an amphibian is, about their eggs, how they breath in water, life-cycle of a frog, some fact boxes. I will quote what this one says: "Biggest...The largest amphibians are the giant salamanders of Eastern Asia, especially China and Japan. They grow up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in total length." The pages following goes into more detail about specific amphibians.
I definitely like this book about animals and will be looked at often.
I received a free copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing in return for my honest review.
Homeschoolin MamaKSAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Addition to any Homeschool LibraryMarch 9, 2012Homeschoolin MamaKSAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is filled with wonderful photos, a large variety of them per specie group. I only found one issue with the book (which is why I couldn't give it 5 stars), two of the photos have dark edges and some of the text runs into this edge, causing it to be a little harder to read. This book would be a wonderful addition (as an encyclopedia) to an already existing animal science curriculum or to use as an additional resource for a research paper. The information is easy enough for a 3rd grader to understand but in depth enough for an 8th grader to use as an additional resource. I know that this book will be helpful in our homeschool for years to come. I look forward to sharing the many wonders of God's world that are pictured in this book.
This book covers everything from Simple Animals (examples: Protists, Sponges, and Coral Reefs), to Insects & Other Arthropods (examples: Beetles and Weevils, Dragonflies and Damselflies, and Spiders), to Mammals (examples: Insect Eaters, Large Rodents, Dogs, Foxes and Hyenas, and Gibbons).
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