I’d like to thank Master Books for providing me with a copy of The New Astronomy Book in return for my honest review.
I have three boys (and a girl — and two nieces who hang with us during the school day). My boys love non-fiction. In fact, I just posted a picture on Facebook today of my youngest reading an unabridged dictionary. The child has been working on it for months now. Prior to his dictionary phase, I frequently found him with a book on sea creatures and a measuring tape, figuring out how long a killer whale was in comparison to a beluga whale. My second youngest memorized an atlas at the age of six. He keeps spreadsheets on demographics from various countries.
When we decided to homeschool, I was concerned about not having enough non-fiction books in the house. You know, the kind of books kids just naturally want to pick up–glossy pages, stunning pictures, and brain-stretching information. We have a used bookstore near our house, and I found a science book series that was all of those things. It just wasn’t Christian. Of course, at the time, I didn’t realize Christian books on science existed. I found that with this secular series, I had to filter the information for my kids, making sure they weren’t getting theories and opinions that directly contradicted our worldview. I also found that some of the pictures were flat unacceptable. In fact, as much as I hate the idea of altering a book, I took to scotch-taping pieces of index cards over lewd photographs. Some things shouldn’t be in a child’s book. Eventually, I just quit buying books in the series. [Read more...]