Tuesday, April 3, 2012

TOS Review- Amazing Animals by Design

I admit, I have been counting down the weeks until my first review, and I am so excited that Amazing Animals by Design written by Debra Haagen got to be the one!  I love this book...but then, I suspected I would before I ever read it.  It's a wonderful story about animals that points kids to God.  In my experience, finding a science based book written from a Godly point of view is difficult at best.  Look no further!

 Here's what Debra says about her book:

"There are books explaining the theory (Intelligent Design) for older students and teens, and there are storybooks about Creation. What I was finding with children I worked with in church and other places, however, was that when many children get to elementary school age and start to learn about the theory of Evolution, they believe the storybooks to be just that - stories. I wanted storybooks for use in church and in homeschool with my own children that would begin to explain to younger children that there is scientific reason behind the theories of Creation and Intelligent Design, in addition to the historical documentation we have in the Bible. When I could not find any books like that, I decided to start writing them. Amazing Animals by Design is my first, and I hope there will be more in the series. I wrote the book for children ages Pre-K up to about 3rd grade, at which point they may be able to understand the more scientific books that have already been written."

The story begins with siblings John and Sarah going to the zoo with their parents. Each page introduces a new animal and tells how God created it specifically for a purpose, with the kids getting to ask the zookeeper all kinds of questions.  Debra does a great job of using words like camouflage, predators and prey to strengthen a child's vocabulary while incorporating the definition in the text.

Since we received this book digitally pre-release, I printed out a copy to read to the younger boys.  We have about worn the paper out and have since ordered two copies, one which we will giveaway to a lucky reader as soon as it arrives.  CJ loves the animals pictures and has not tired from reading it nightly.  This is definitely not a book limited to homeschooling families, but one to be enjoyed by all.  Amazing Animals by Design has found a place in our family library as a favorite! 
Do you know what a caracal is?

 The 24 page book is in the pre-release phase and may currently be purchased from the publisher, Tate Publishing, for $8.99. The digital download may be purchased for $7.99. The full press release date for bookstores will be April 3.  Link to purchase: http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-61862-233-4

The website for Amazing Animals by Design is up and running at ttp://debrahaagen.tateauthor.com/ .

You can read what my fellow CREW members had to say about this product here.

Disclaimer: I received a complementary download of this product in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  The opinions stated are my own and may not reflect the views of others.

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