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…..
That’s why I’ve been so thrilled to find a science series with glossy pages, gorgeous pictures, and brain-stretching information–written from a Creationist, Christian worldview. And friends, not once have I found a need to tape an index card over a photograph.
Here’s a look at some of the stunning spreads in The New Astronomy Book by Danny R. Faulkner (Master Books, 2014). Every page looks like this!
Like the other books in the Master Books Wonders of Creation series, this book has three different “levels” of information. You can see above that some text is on a white background, some on a purple background, and some on a black background. The information presented increases in the level of challenge to the reader and is color-coded. This allows the books to be used by a family in a classroom situation with different aged children.
My kids just like reading the Wonders of Creation series for the love of science.
Each chapter is a wealth of knowledge, and I’ve learned new and interesting facts on every page. Although we’ve studied astronomy as a family before, there was a lot of information we hadn’t covered in this book. Every page is packed with science, and there’s a fair amount of history thrown in. After all, the history of science is important!
The book is 95 pages with 15 chapters (and an introduction) which cover: What is Astronomy?, The Night Sky, The Moon, The Solar System, Two Kinds of Planets, The Sun, Telescopes, History of Astronomy, Stars, Extrasolar Planets, Star Clusters and Nebulae, Our Galaxy: The Milky Way, Light-Travel-Time Problem, The Expanding Universe, Quasars and Active Galaxies, and Cosmology. At the end of the book there is a fold-out poster of the solar system with the planets and their satellites.
The New Astronomy Book is a great science book with fascinating information, beautiful spreads, and a presentation of astronomy from a Christian worldview. I really appreciate the fact that the presentation of a Creationist worldview did not end with one viewpoint. Rather, the author described the “traditional”, secular view of a subject, explained the Creationist viewpoint (or viewpoints, as there were sometimes more than one), and then explained the reasoning behind the Creationist view.
I’ve always appreciated the quality and mission of Master Books. The more of their books that I see, the more I want to replace existing books on my shelves with theirs. I even switched out several books in our history program at the last minute to use books published by Master Books (Unwrapping the Pharaohs: How Egyptian Archaeology Confirms the Biblical Timeline and Unveiling the Kings of Israel: Revealing the Bible’s Archaeological History). We are also reading The Genius of Ancient Man.
That secular series of science books I gathered when we first started homeschooling? I’ll be replacing them with the Wonders of Creation series. They’re great to use as curriculum (my boys are currently reading The Archaeology Book), but they are also fabulous to have as family reference books. Because, you know, my boys love non-fiction. How about your kids?
You can purchase the Master Books The New Astronomy Book at:
Other books in the Wonders of Creation Series:
The Geology Book (Wonders of Creation) – Read the Thinking Kids review
The Weather Book (Wonders of Creation)
The Ocean Book (Wonders of Creation)
The Ecology Book (Wonders of Creation)
The Archaeology Book (Wonders of Creation) – Read the Thinking Kids review
The Fossil Book (Wonders of Creation)
The Cave Book (Wonders of Creation)
The Mineral Book (Wonders of Creation) – Read the Thinking Kids review
More Master Books Reviews at Thinking Kids
- Intro to Archaeology & Geology Curriculum
- Studies in World History, Volume 1
- The Flood of Noah
- It’s Not Greek to Me!
More Creation Resources for 8-12 Year Olds Reviewed at Thinking Kids
- Jonathan Park Adventure Audiobooks by Pat Roy
- Bugs: Big and Small God Made Them All by William Zinke
- 44 Animals of the Bible by Nancy Pelander Johnson
- Growing Up God’s Way for Girls by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
- Growing Up God’s Way for Boys by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
Or just check out the Thinking Kids book review indexes for:
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- Christian Books for Preschoolers
- Christian Books for 4-7 Year Olds
- Christian Books for the Middle Grades
- Christian Books for Middle School
- Christian Books for High School
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.