This children’s book is the second addition to the “Science for Kids” series, a family resource put out by the Institute for Creation Research. (Read about the first book in the series, Dinosaurs: God’s Mysterious Creatures, here). The ICR is a research organization dedicated to uplifting the truth and authenticity of God’s Word. As a part of this mission, they offer tons of great books, DVDs, magazines, and other materials for anyone to read and watch. I received this book in return for a review, and am delighted to share my thoughts with you.
The first thing that grabbed my attention about this book was the fantastic illustration. From front cover to the last page, each colorful depiction was an absolute delight for the eyes and the imagination. Susan Windsor’s watercolor style illustrations matched the subject matter of this book very well: her vibrant artwork helps the reader focus on the majesty and mystique of God’s grand universe. The illustrations are detailed enough to teach a lesson but whimsical enough to delight the reader’s attention.
This paperback book of 111 pages is small enough to easily slip in your child’s bookshelf or pack it along for a car ride. Although it is a soft-cover book, the pages are thick and smooth and easy to turn. It may be light in weight, but this little book is absolutely loaded with “far-out facts.”
The table of contents is lengthy, but offers tons of topics for the reader to choose from. A glossary and an index are located at the back of the book. I really like that the authors included a glossary. Since anything “space” related typically includes a lot of big, scientific words, the glossary is very helpful.
While this book series is geared toward elementary aged students, I actually felt that this specific book might be better suited toward middle school aged students, simply because the material is so scientific and conceptual. The authors do a good job of bringing the facts and concepts down to a student’s reading level, but even as an adult, there were certain paragraphs that I found myself re-reading to make sure I was understanding it.
That being said, students will definitely still enjoy the wealth of facts, illustrations, scientific terminology, and creation-based information that this book so wonderfully presents. Younger learners will find pages that present lessons they’ve likely learned before (our solar system, the planets, asteroids, etc.) and will probably learn quite a bit, too.
My favorite portions of this book came toward the end. After the planets, stars, and space-matter pages, the authors dedicated a good portion of this book to NASA, space travel, astronauts, and space missions. It was fantastic! Much of the information I already knew, but it was fun to read and easy to understand. I found myself truly in awe, not only of the accomplishments of mankind, but in the complexity, mystique, and power of God and his universe.
The very last couple of pages present the Gospel message, sharing the grace of Jesus Christ and the hope for new life that only comes from him. The ICR includes the Gospel in all of their publications, but boy, it never gets old. It was the perfect conclusion to this fascinating book.
This creation-based science book would be a great addition to the family library. Older students will enjoy exploring what it has to offer and younger children will look forward to studying the illustrations and reading through it with an adult. Parents will enjoy it, too. I highly recommend this book to any family.
To learn more about the Institute for Creation Research or to purchase this book, visit icr.org