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Lisa KCtrl, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A fun way to learn about God's CreationNovember 12, 2010Lisa KCtrl, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If Animals Could Talk is a collection of members from the animal kingdom that showcases their unique design by their Creator. It is not a dry list of facts, but written from the animal's point of view in a humorous conversational tone which invites the reader to think about questions posed and ponder their answers.
You'll learn more about the Field Sparrow, Whales, Platypus, Swallow, Glowworm (also called Lightning Bug), Dragonfly, Human Eye, Earthworm, E. Coli and Golden Plover. You'll also learn what makes them so unique and how God created them perfectly for their purpose and ultimately speak praise for their Creator.
Did you know:
****that certain whales have tongues so heavy that they weigh as much as two fully grown horses?
****that during the glow worms' (lightning bug) production of bioluminescence, no heat is generated at all!
****that an earthworm can produce more than 220 pounds of humus in a 24-hour period.
****that an e coli bacterium has 6 rotating electric motors and produces a voltage of 0.2 V
In showing how creation points to an Intelligent Creator and ultimately how this affects us individually, authors Gitt and Vanheiden write:
"We would like to take this opportunity to add a few comments to our book. We, an information scientist and a physics graduate both believe in the living God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We want to show, with the aid of these stories, that it's neither boring nor antiquated to believe in God; nor is it necessary to give up your intellect or inquisitiveness. On the contrary, many things become clearer and more sensible when viewed from the Bible's perspective. It can even help to bring about positive results in scientific works.
My sons aged 9 and 12 enjoyed reading this book together. Plenty of 'oh's' and 'ah's' coming from their room while they read. Many times they brought the book to me at the discovery of something they felt was truly unique. Though not an animal enthusiast, my 7th grader did enjoy learning fascinating facts. It helped him to better understand Intelligent Design. I know we all learned quite a bit from this book!
Debra BrinkmanYoder, COAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun way to discuss everyday miracles in creationNovember 4, 2010Debra BrinkmanYoder, COAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If Animals Could Talk by Dr. Werner Gitt, is an amazing little book. At just over a hundred pages, this would have been a really quick book for me to read, however I opted to read a section or two of it at a time at the lunch table. My kids, ages 4-13, all appreciated it.
The book consists of twelve chapters, most being about 8-9 pages. Those chapters we read in one sitting. Some chapters (the whales!) we had to break up over a couple of meals.
The first ten chapters are all told as though the animal in question was talking to us (except chapter 7, where a human eye is doing the talking... that chapter was a bit, well, weird). So you listen to an earthworm or a dragonfly tell about themselves. Sounds a bit strange, but it was very well done. And all these creatures -- from a bacterium to a blue whale -- tell about the miracles of their design and of their designer.
As I stated above, my children all enjoyed it. The four year old mostly found it funny that I was pretending to be all these animals. The elementary crowd (1st and 4th grade) enjoyed the fascinating facts, and particularly loved when the sparrow had to fly away from a hawk or other such encounters. They are boys. They adore predators.
My older two (6th and 8th) argued back with the critters. Seriously. They went looking up the Bible verses being quoted by the whale, for instance, to prove their point. That led to some fascinating discussion (and is probably why the whale chapter took us so long to get through!)
Overall, I'd recommend this book as a fun way to talk about some of the everyday miracles all around us in creation.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun & fascinating book for animal loversOctober 23, 2010Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"If Animals Could Talk" describes unique and technically refined design features found in field sparrows, various types of whales, the platypus, swallow, glowworm, dragonfly, human eye, earthworm, E. coli, and golden plover. Several of these features were clearly irreducibly complex (all the parts of the unique ability had to be in place at once for it to work, and if it had developed in steps, the animal wouldn't have survived).
However, this book probably won't convince evolutionists that these various animals didn't evolve. Most of the features brought up sound amazing, but it's like the author didn't finish the argument--like he thought the point was so self-obvious he didn't need to. I can see an evolutionist reading it and thinking, "Well, yeah, they're amazing features, but that just shows how well evolution works." So it's a fun and fascinating book for creationists and those who aren't sure what they think, but it'd probably just frustrate most evolutionists.
There were some black and white illustrations. Most of the information was written in common language that even children could understand. However, sometimes he used technical language. It wasn't difficult to understand, but I don't think I'd hand this book to anyone under about 9 years of age. I think tweens and teens who love animals will probably enjoy this book.
Overall, this was a fun book that I'd recommend to Christians (especially creationists) who enjoy reading fascinating facts about animals.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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