Thursday, April 5, 2012

Amazing Animals~~~ By Design


 
I don't know about you, but I am always happy to see books being published that agree with my worldview and belief in a Creative, Intelligent Designer of the universe, so I was delighted that fellow crewmate Debra Haagen gave the Crew a preview to her first book, Amazing Animals by Design.

The story follows Sarah, John and their parents as they visit a zoo and learn some interesting facts about the animals you see pictured on the front. The amazing thing that they keep hearing from the zoo keepers as well as their parents is that each animal was "Designed" in a specific way for a specific purpose. Whether it is the trunk that allows the elephant to survive (They couldn't eat without it!) or the long neck of the giraffe, it is clear that all creatures were specially designed to do what they do.

Can you imagine a bird like an ostrich (That can't fly), but much smaller? It wouldn't survive! Or, what if every animal ate the same thing (remember the food chain we learned about in grade school?)? They would run out of food! I won't tell you everything we read about, but the caracal has a very special skill that couldn't just happen.

There is also some discussion about God having a special plan and design for each one of us, as we each have unique abilities and purpose in life.
Makes having a rational discussion about some of the flaws of Evolution a natural conclusion, when appropriate.  

I really like the animal illustrations, and the 24 pages of text and illustrations kept my 4 year-old's attention. Best of all, I didn't have to counteract (Or skip over) any "Millions of years ago...." comments.

Purchase directly from Tate Publishing  $8.99 for a hands-on paperback copy and $7.99 for the digital download (I checked, and Amazon and Barnes and Noble also carry this title, now that it has been released for the past 2 days! You can special order from your local B&N, and create some awareness of an "intelligent design" animal book!) 
For more information and to interact with the author, please consider visiting her here:
Amazing by Design blog
Amazing Animals By Design Facebook Page
NotableScraps (a plug for Debra's regular blog, which includes her Crew reviews) :)
 
Just a note~ this book would definitely be best as a "hold-it-in-your-hands" book. I had a hard time figuring out how to have the double-page spread on my ipad. This could just be my technical ineptitude. It didn't bother me much, as it was really intended for reviewing the story itself, so I'm not complaining, just giving you a "heads-up that unless you are tight on space, you might appreciate the physical copy for the extra $1.
I hope this review is helpful to you as you consider "Science" reading material for your K-2nd grader. This is a great choice for those who believe in a Creator, and intelligent design.For further thoughts from the TOS Crew Members, please visit the Crew Blog.

Blessings~
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this/these item(s)/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. 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."

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