5 Stars Out Of 5
A solid biology textbook
April 26, 2011
Here are some various observations I made:
--There are 14 chapters that are approximately 10 pages each, ranging from microscopic organisms to mammals.
--Although it is listed as a middle school text, it can be used and adapted for different ages and skill levels.
--Each chapter contains an 'Explore More' section, which includes questions, discussion ideas, and research options.
--All of the pictures and illustrations are in black and white. This was a concern initially, since my boys really seem to be drawn in to the colorful pictures that generally accompany science texts. However, this seemed to be less important as I read the material, and the illustrations were still well done. I also realized that having black and while illustrations was probably the primary the cost of the book was so low.
--The material was evolution free and had an underlying scriptural focus. The NIV translation was used for all of the Bible references.
I think what I liked most about Exploring the World of Biology was that it covered the basics in a thorough manner scientifically, but it also focused on the stories of the people and the discoveries involved. History was included in a very natural manner, and not simply as an add on piece of information. It is the first science book that I have reviewed that I can realistically see myself being able to use and adapt with each of my boys, ranging from 1st to 9th grades. It is very well written and user-friendly. I'm pretty sure at this point that this is the direction we will go in for the next school year.
Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.