Review: The Amazing Animal Adventure

The Amazing Animal Adventure is a large, hardcover book, filled with illustrations from all around the world.  A look and find book that teaches about different ecosystems.  Let me show you through this book eh?

This is such a neat book, one of the things I like about it is, it doesn't just talk about the typical ecosystems, it does mention the taiga and the rainforest and systems like that.

BUT it also ventures into the lesser known ecosystems like the Japanese Hot Springs, the mountains of the moon and hydrothermal vents.  I have NEVER seen an ecosystem book talk about hydrothermal vents so I was most impressed.

















21 different ecosystems, each with a two page spread.  Each system has a small write up about it and numerous items for the reader to locate.  Along with another challenge to complete.


It's simple enough for a child to complete, yet challenging enough to intrigue older people as well.  Some pages I really had to hunt to find the hidden items, and other pages were fairly simple.   It's all in how the eye looks and the brain processes what it is seeing.




As you can see, each two page spread is in full colour, with lots of details added.


The teaching block is written clearly, with good lettering and size.  Making it easy to read along with your children if desired.

I very much appreciated how each of the items you are search for has a picture beside it as well as a brief description with it.  Did you know that the burrowing owl uses old prairie dog burrows?
I found the add-on challenge a nice little touch, giving the reader an extra item (or three) to look for when they are done the main search.

This is a great resource to have on hand if you are studying ecosystems.  You can easily give to a student and, depending on age, ask them to find out more about any of the systems in the book and give you a report on it.

You could use it with younger students to simply introduce the huge variety in ecosystems that can be found on this great planet of ours. 

If you are concerned that you won't be able to find all the hidden items, there is a solution page at the end of the book as well as additional resources such as animal world records, endangered animals and how animals are classified. 

It's a wonderful book that we won't be letting go of quickly as it's fun to have around and gives me ideas for research subjects for the lad.  :)


Just as a sidenote: the book binding was superb.  It's very sturdy, my lad noticed the yarn showing through on the pages and said "neat!".  Not something often seen in a book now. 


The Amazing Animal Adventure: An Around-the-world Spotting Adventure
Illustrator: Brendan Kearny
Publisher: Laurence King
Pages:  64
Age Range: 6 and up
Size: 10.55 x 14.1

Reviewed for: Raincoast Books



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The South Gate



Today we find Ezekiel being led to the south where he finds a gate.  Again, measurements are taken, steps are counted. and see what are one the jambs.
 
24 And he led me toward the south, and behold, there was a gate on the south. And he measured its jambs and its vestibule; they had the same size as the others. 25 Both it and its vestibule had windows all around, like the windows of the others. Its length was fifty cubits, and its breadth twenty-five cubits. 26 And there were seven steps leading up to it, and its vestibule was before them, and it had palm trees on its jambs, one on either side. 27 And there was a gate on the south of the inner court. And he measured from gate to gate toward the south, a hundred cubits.

The first thing that grabbed my attention when I saw this selection of verses was this.  Ezekiel was led.  In previous instances he was brought, like he had no choice, no ability to move on his own, like when you plunk a chess piece down on a new spot.   But here he was led, one who is led often has to move under their own power.  Granted, when being led, one doesn't always have the power to deviate from the path, and does need to go where they are being led to, but one is moving under their own power. 

It just makes it seem to me... that Ezekiel is being an active participant.  And you know what?   Active participants remember things better.   I know the Lord God will help Ezekiel remember what he must, but I suspect it will be easier to remember details when he's actually walking from one place to another.  Feeling those seven steps beneath his feet and seeing the palm trees on the jambs.  

Just like when we take part in something rather than just reading about it.  What you see and smell and hear and feel is remembered better if you are there to take part in it. 

Don't you?   What do you see in these passages on measuring and noting steps and jambs?   

You can read more in my Ezekiel Studies here and here.

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Embrace

Embrace

Emotions running.
I seek solace.
My father is gone.
We're singing his song.
My heart weeps.
And God meets me.
He holds me close and tells me
It will be fine.

I've been raised well.
A tall strong person.
A person well loved.
 
 The years pass
Since that moment in church
It's been two.
and I still recall 
clearly.
The spiritual embrace.
The love of a father 
for his daughter.
The love of a God 
for his very own child.

That love, felt and remembered
in the embrace of a husband.
in the quick squeeze of a lad.
My heart rejoices.
In the love shared.
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This is a five minute Friday post. the word prompt is brought to us by Miss Kate.  Today the word is Embrace.   What is Five Minute Friday?  Well it's a party of a group of like minded folks who gather on Friday to do a five minute free write around a singular word.  AND THEN we take the time to offer up encouragement to each other on this writing journey.  It's fun, though it's not always easy, but it is always good.   Come join us won't you?  You are always welcome.

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