The World of Animals for Master Books . As a homeschooling family, this book has already become well-used in our household.
This is a beautifully put together book that discusses over 1,000 animals. Nearly all the illustrations are from real-life photography as opposed to the artist renditions some other books have. Animals range from microscopic animals to worms/snails/starfish, insects & other arthropods, fish, amphibians & reptiles, birds, and up through mammals.
The best part of this book is that I don't feel the need to sift through information given because it is based on the Biblical account of creation. It doesn't dole out evolution as the basis for life. In fact, the book begins with, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth..." (Gen 1:1) What a breath of fresh air!
Part of our current homeschool curriculum includes "Exploring Countries and Cultures" from My Father's World. While this book wasn't included in the core package we purchased, it is an excellent resource to go along with what we are studying. As we go through geography and science, we are introduced to different areas of our world. This book has been a wonderful way to further explore animals that are common to different areas we are studying.
If you are already familiar with My Father's World, you'll be happy to know that this book is a joint edition between Master Books and My Father's World. If you don't know much about My Father's World, you should check out their website and request a copy of their curriculum catalog. We've been quite impressed with My Father's World for a lot of our curriculum needs.
We've been equally impressed with the quality of books Master Books is publishing. Finding quality books that place God as Creator of everything is exactly what we need. So many books these days are filled with evolution and humanism. While I've been grateful to receive free books in return for my honest review, I am even more thankful for a company that has chosen to set itself apart as God-honoring.