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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890516189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890516188
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of pictures, diagrams, charts, colored pages, and labeled parts distinguish this book.
mustlovetoread
It's not meant to be a science curriculum - but it's a great resource and addition to any home or homeschool.
kelli - Adventurez
I think that even before kids can read, they will enjoying "reading" this book over and over again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on June 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a Christian homeschooling parent, I find my beliefs are at odds with many resources in the various fields of science available to teach my daughter, but World of Science is exactly how I think science should be represented. This book is not apologetics; it does not try to prove God existence through scientific means. Instead, it states God created everything straightforwardly and then details our limited understanding of the wonders of His creation, which is what science really should be. For example, under the subtitle "Converting energy," it reads: "Energy cannot be made or destroyed except by God. It can only be converted...."

Still, God is not really mentioned much throughout the book. This text focuses on the science, not the religion. It is more about what it does not include, than what it does that matters the most to me. There is no mention of "millions of years" or evolution theory often presented as fact in comparable books. When covering the five kingdoms of living things, it does not suggest anything about their development over time. Perhaps, the first paragraph in the introduction explains it well enough: "'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.' From its very creation, the Earth was formed with guidelines established by our Maker."

The book has seven sections: Matter and Chemicals; Energy, Motion, and Machines; Electricity and Magnetism; Light and Sound; Earth and Life; Space and Time; and Scientific Experiments relating to each of the previous six sections. Although not highly in-depth, it has all the elements of over 800 photographs and bright illustration arranged attractively among snippets of reading information, which are so poplar with modern science reference books and textbooks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angie w on February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Nathan's science assignments this week -

Looking up Chemistry in Nature,
Make a poster showing chemistry at work in nature,
and complete a Lab (aka Science Experiment) that relates to Chemistry in Nature.
He took some time studying about venom in snakes and dart frogs, and then moved towards his Lab. When we were using the World of Science book for our Encyclopedia work, we noticed that there were science experiments in the back. One of the experiments was about Atmospheric Pressure being displayed through figure burning oxygen.

Nathan understood the instructions enough to perform the experiment on his own. This was a timely experiment with our Biblical studies as well. On Sunday, our talk was about void - or the fact that God did not design nature to have voids. Our reference was from Matthew 12:43-45 urging us to fill our hearts and minds once we've "swept it clean". Anyways - the fire uses the oxygen, and the water rises. Nate realized that colored water makes it easier to see the change, and experimented with different size jars to see if it would change how high the water rose. He measured the jar to see if the percentage of oxygen in the glass matched the amounts on the chart - and it did! (Jon was making his own poster in the background of the photo for his molecule study).

Our science studies have had us using a collection of science dictionaries and encyclopedias. We've also had to look up items on line - especially for the phrase "Chemistry in Nature." What a joy it is to have a resource like World of Science that just gives us the facts based on scripture dates and origins. It is amazing how the evolutionary theory seems to be stated in every single topic we look up in other books.

Here is a link to our experiment on a quick 18 second video:
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debra Brinkman VINE VOICE on March 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A while back, I reviewed a fabulous book called World of Animals. I really thought I'd be posting my review of World of Science within a couple days. Oh, that just did not happen.

I had thought about combining those two reviews into one, because there were so many things these books have in common. So I'm going to just lift some of my previous words and only slightly edit them:

"During my kids' preschool through early elementary years, we used a lot of Usborne and DK books in our science studies especially. One thing that sometimes made me a little crazy was the constant beating over our heads with evolution and millions of years. We used these books, however, because of the amazing photographs/illustrations and the basically good information about the topics. And there really weren't any good options.

Until now."

World of Science has probably become my favorite science resource.

Now why, of all the hundreds of science resources I own did I choose this as my favorite?

If I had to limit myself to one single resource for roughly PreK-8th grade science, I think I could make this 250 page book do it. Paired with World of Animals, I know I could cover pre-high school science. Not that this is a stand-alone curriculum. But I could use this as a spine, and then go looking for biographies of various scientists or books about some of the individual concepts.
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