Item description for Exploring the World Around You: A Look at Nature from Tropics to Tundra (Exploring - Master Books) by Gary E. Parker & Parker Gary...
Overview This fourth entry in the series has the same format as the first three with key facts, terms, and definitions throughout the text. Illustrations.
Publishers Description Another ground breaking book from a Christian Scientist; this time, on the environment Loaded with good information and illustrations The author 's love for God 's creation informs the book Reminds Christians to be stewards of the earth
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.92" Width: 8.38" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 3, 2003
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
Series Exploring - Master Books
ISBN 0890513775 ISBN13 9780890513774
Availability 0 units.
More About Gary E. Parker & Parker Gary
Gary E. Parker is the author of several nonfiction books and articles, as well as more than fifteen novels. He and his family live in Suwanee, Georgia, and he serves as a pastor in the Atlanta area.
Gary E. Parker currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
Gary E. Parker has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Exploring the World Around You: A Look at Nature from Tropics to Tundra?
Science Fiction?? I think not! Sep 11, 2007
This book has been very helpful in introducing key scientific terms to my 3rd-grader in a clear manner that is Biblically based. I appreciate that he can learn about creation without my having to explain all the fallacies in the big-bang and evolution theories every other page.
If you are looking for a beginning science book that lays a Biblical foundation, this book is for you! The pictures and bold-face-type help to communicate key concepts better than many other science books I've seen over the years. Questions at the ends of the chapters reinforce the concepts covered in that chapter. The "mysteries of life" questions at the beginning of each chapter and their subsequent explanations at the end can be used to help your child dig a little deeper.
I've been homeschooling for the past 10 years, and so far, this is the best Bible-based science "text" I've been able to find for the elementary grades.
A creationist text Jun 21, 2007
I was surprised and extremely disappointed in the vague customer reviews I read from other sources. I was looking for a general secular text for earth science for 4th graders. The editorial reviews speak of "...key facts, terms, and definitions..." while customer did mention opening text having a "christian" aka--creationist introduction. I thought, "No matter, a reminder to be reverant is fine. Besides if there is anything overtly against my values, I will just skip over it."
Indeed, chapter 1 BUILDING ON THE RIGHT FOUNDATION: Seeing the 4 Cs. These were: creation (via by God), corruption (by mankind), castrophe (i.e. The Flood), and christ (the restorer). And so I would find no word of William Smith's nor The Geological Society of London's work in the late 1700's through early 1800's, in which the idea of a fossil record is unearthed. The ramifications of such a difference the foundation of earth science goes deep.
In chapter 2, instead of a single landmass, "pangea" where the dynamics of plate tetonics results in today's continents--there is mount Ararat where Noah's Ark came to rest and all the animals disembarked and migrated from that point. Instead of geological records as facts there is empirical and creative reasoning, "...animals began to migrate away from Ararat...the more aggressive placental mammals...would lay first claim to feeding and nesting sites, continually pushing the less combative marsupials to the the leading edge of the migration wave. Thus the marsupials reached Australia first, and God in His providence severed the land bridge...." Before I cut this chapter out of the book, I went to chapters on Ecology.
Chapter 15 ENERGY states, "CO2 is a 'greenhouse gas' and it does help hold in heat. In fact the earth seems designed for much more CO2 and that probably contributed the milder climate and greater plant growth before the Flood....Actually, the earth seems well protected against runaway global warming. The burning of fossil fuels that generates CO2 that warms the earth also generates dust that cools the earth."
In sum, Gary Parker mixes threads of science with creative ideas, to create a book of science fiction.
On the other hand, additional titles in the EXPLORING series that are written by John Hudson Tiner are reasonable. For example, EXPLORING the World of Chemistry is a good general text for a multidisciplinary approach to Science and History. The presence and uses of metal ores in ancient cultures is mentioned. Asides, although not placed within sidebars, mention Bible references to various metals, "Gold is also the first metal mentioned in the New Testament. One of the gifts of the Magi for baby Jesus was gold (Matthew 2:11)" It is left to the reader to interpret such asides as fact or literature or theology.
Hence, be aware that the quality of a title in the EXPLORING THE WORLD series is dependent on the contributing author. I do not recommend those written by Gary Parker.