Friday, January 31, 2014

Water & Weather Tom DeRosa and Carolyn Reeves

 Water & Weather by Tom DeRosa and Carolyn Reeves is a  fully illustrated, full color - 88 page, soft color science text for elementary students.  Everything having to with water and weather and more is
included in this book.  Information about everything from the ocean, to the ice age, the water cycle, fossils and climate change is included in this comprehensive book.  As with any text book for students, there is a glossary of terms and a question answer opportunity with the "Investigative Problems" feature with each section to reinforce the material learned.  This impressive book contains high quality photos, graphics and charts.  Based on the cover alone, I was very surprised to see the amount of information contained in this simple looking text.

Although marketed as an elementary text for the home schooled market, this amitious book easily fits into the popular non fiction science genre for young pre-teen readers and elementary students. This stand alone book need not be confined to the classroom.  Illustrated with full color photos, diagrams, charts and illustrations, this book is sure to hold the attention of any young reader.  Hands on "Investigation" pages as well as  experiments are dispersed throughout the text of the book. There are 20 total experiments included which would make this book a perfect lab manual for an elementary science course.  In my opinion, this student text, fits well into the ever popular, emerging non fiction science genre as recreational or educational reading for any  reader.  As for using it as a text, perhaps as an additional resource to a more thorough science text- it is good way to bring to life, the subject of Earth Science, and weather and water in particular. 

This book is marketed towards the homeschooling, Christian family.  Reading through this text, you will find discussion of the creation account from Genesis as well as information on the worldwide flood and how it relates to fossil evidence, dinosaurs and the ice age.  Presented in an academic and professional format, this book ties together faith and science, giving much needed credibility to biblical creation without sacrificing academic scholarship.  It is hard to comprehend the amount of scholarship and research contained in this 88 page indepth textbook.  While written for a childrens' curriculum, I am sure parents and educators will enjoy this book as well.  This book leaves no stone unturned and is certain to answer countless questions about a host of science topics that go far beyond the topic of weather and water alone. This edition is part of the educational series of elementary science books, "Investigate the Possibilities". 

As a blogger for New Leaf publishers I received a copy of this book by Master Book and imprint of New Leaf publishers for the purpose of writing this review.

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