Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Big Book of Earth & Sky Bodie Hodge, Dr. Carolyn Reeves

About the Book: 

Let your child take an exciting, visual journey from Earth's core to the edge of the outer atmosphere!
  • Explore the elements that make up the soil, the sea, and the sky.
  • Examine detailed charts and graphs about the earth's crust, caves, and clouds.
  • Scan facts and figures on weather, mountains, and more, based on the best-selling Wonders of Creation series!
Designed by the creative team that developed the innovative and award-winning Big Book of History, the Big Book of Earth and Sky unfolds as a 15-foot chart. It is removable so it can be viewed either panel-by-panel or hung on the wall as a full-length display.

This casebound volume provides ease of storage for the chart, which is excellent for families, schools, and churches. A teacher's guide helps bring out additional insights with questions, education activities, and additional readings, all of which enhance this excellent reference tool and help a parent or teacher utilize it within their science curriculum. This stunning chart will pique the interest of children and bring a study of God's world to brilliant life!

My Review:

irst I  thought I would tell you what my daughter liked about this book and disliked. She loved the detail in the book. The fact that everything was labeled and has illustrations that were bright and colorful to go along with it. She liked the way the book was broken down into segments that made it easier to understand and follow along with each topic. The flexible use of the the curriculum as either a book or a long pull out wall chart was a unique concept she liked as well. What she disliked was the size of the wall map. Unless you have 15 foot vaulted ceilings, you cannot easily utilize the whole map and actually read it if you unfold it all the way, not even across the floor. She loved the content and especially loved the sections on rocks, hurricanes and volcano and especially thaat the book is from a creation standpoint and not secular.

That being said, The Big Book of Earth & Sky is the most recent book from Master Books. It has 21 color panels and opens up into a 15 foot spread across your floor or wall and offers a Christian worldview of our Earth.  I found this book to be an excellent resource for our home school while studying about the earth and its elements.  It sufficiently covered the earth from the inner core to the atmosphere. It covered elements of the earth and tons of other helpful information about hurricanes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, crystals, caves, oceans and the like.

The book is designed for children ages 7-12, but I have a 18 year old who thought the book was cool and flipped though it a hand full of times and 5 year old that loved it as well and was drawn to the bright, colorful illustrations and asked tons of questions.
The charts were wonderful, descriptive, easy to follow along with  and covered several topics such as cloud formation, cave formation, and atmospheric layers, just to name a few.
I would recommend this book for both private shcools and home-schools alike, especially if your kids stuggle with science and/or are visual learners.

Preview the book here
Amazon Review

About the Authors:

Bodie attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and received a BS and MS (in 1996 and 1998 respectively) in mechanical engineering. His specialty was a subset of mechanical engineering based in advanced materials processing, particularly starting powders.  He conducted research for his master’s degree through a grant from Lockheed Martin and developed a New Method of Production of Submicron Titanium Diboride.

Bodie was saved when he was nine. As a youngster, he was active in baseball, football and basketball. His hobbies also included hunting and fishing, which are almost unavoidable pursuits while growing up on a farm in Western Illinois.

Carolyn Reeves is especially skilled at creating ways to help students develop a greater understanding of not just scientific concepts, but also how these are applied within the world around us. Carolyn retired after a 30-year career as a science teacher, finished a doctoral degree in science education, and began a new venture as a writer and an educational consultant. She and her husband make their home in Oxford, Mississippi, where they are active members of North Oxford Baptist Church. The Reeves have three children, three in-law children, and ten grandchildren.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from New Leaf Press/Master Books as part of their Blogger Review Program, called Creation Conversations. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A38SAJ7T0I1UBN/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_1?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R33E69DSOZA32U
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