Master Books (imprint of New Leaf Press)
Approx. $13.00 — $17.00 ea.
Age appropriateness: Gr. 6-12
Available through many home school catalogs
-OR- Buy at Amazon
When you find yourself wearing thin on the “hands-on” science experiments, it might be time to read through the Wonders of Creation Series, by Master Books.
Titles in the Series:
- The Archaeology Book
- The New Astronomy Book
- The Cave Book
- The Ecology Book
- The Fossil Book
- The Geology Book
- The Mineral Book
- The New Ocean Book
- The New Weather Book
(“New” in the title indicates the book has been updated from a previous edition.)
Each oversize, hardcover book is between 80 and 96 pages. Plan on about two semesters to complete reading all nine. They may be purchased individually or as a set of nine. At the time of writing, purchasing them directly from Master Books seems to be the most economical way to go, with an additional significant discount for buying the whole series.
Coming from a young earth creationist perspective, the books are well designed, and are filled with beautiful full-color photos, paintings, and diagrams. The information presented is extensive. You and your children will become quite knowledgeable in the subjects covered, by the time you are finished with the series.
If you are into study guides to go along with the series, You can get them as free PDF downloads from the publisher, New Leaf Press.
We did these at the 6th grade level, but the information is challenging enough for your high school students as well. You could use them, along with field study trips and supplementary hands-on materials, such as a hobby geology kit, to create a full year earth science course.
Your high school student will do fine reading them independently, but if you are using them at younger ages, you may want to read them together with your children, so that you can explain concepts they might not easily understand.
Each book is written by a different author, whose expertise lies in the particular field he is writing about. There is a drawback to this approach: these men are primarily scientists, not authors, and some have better communication styles than others. Some of the books are packed with understandable information presented in an enjoyable way, while others use more technical language and a less vibrant style of writing. In the updated versions, the publisher has tried to help readers navigate these small difficulties by including information aimed at three levels of understanding.
The biblical creation story and/or Noah’s flood are covered in each book, and are used as the foundation explanation of why things are the way they are today. Such subjects as UFOs and the Christian’s responsibility toward the environment are handled with balance and wisdom. Many questions that Christians have about the world we live in are answered thoughtfully. The authors are careful to differentiate between what is known scientifically and what is still not completely understood.
I recommend these books as a valuable addition to any Christian family’s library.
Character Building for Families,
by Lee Ann Rubsam