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When you find yourself wearing thin on the "hands-on" science experiments, it might be time to read through the Wonders of Creation Series, by Master Books. Each oversize, hardcover book is approximately eighty pages. Plan on about one semester to complete reading all four.
Coming from a young earth creationist perspective, the books are well designed, and are filled with beautiful full color photos, paintings, and diagrams. The information presented is extensive. You and your children will become very knowledgeable in the subjects covered by the time you are finished with the series. If you are into study guides to go along with the series, Master Books has them for free at New Leaf Press and Master Books.
We did these at the 6th grade level, but the information is challenging enough for your high school students as well. Your high schooler will do fine reading them independently, but if you are using them at younger ages, you may want to read them together with your children, so that you can explain concepts they might not easily understand.
Each book is written by a different author, whose expertise lies in the particular field he is writing about. There is a drawback to this approach: these men are primarily scientists, not authors, and some have better communication styles than others. Our favorites in the series were The Geology Book and The Astronomy Book. They were packed with understandable information presented in an enjoyable way. We found The Ocean Book to be a little too technical for us at times, and The Weather Book sometimes got bogged down in irrelevant statistics and information that seemed to be mere filler material without a lot of substance. These weaknesses are not terribly huge, however. The books are still well worth one's time.
The biblical creation story and/or Noah's flood are covered in each book, and are used as the foundation explanation of why things are the way they are today. Such subjects as UFO's and the Christian's responsibility toward the environment are handled with balance and wisdom. Many questions that Christians have about the world we live in are answered thoughtfully. The authors are careful to acknowledge what is known scientifically, and what is still not completely understood.
I would recommend these books as a valuable addition to any Christian family's library.
(This review was written Summer of 2005.)