I received this book last fall, and started reading a one-page spread aloud to the kids (ages 6-15 at that point) at a time. Then I found out this would be a Moms of Master Books title for March, so we set it aside, and pulled it back out a couple of weeks ago.
We're back to reading a two-page spread at a time, and loving it again.
What is so amazing about this book is that there are fabulous photos, and solid scientific information, plus it is fun and engaging.
The above page is about squid propulsion, and specifically about Robosquid, developed at Southern Methodist University. This was one of the more technically-complex pages we have read, talking about vortex rings, oscillating pistons, and other such things. Most of that went over the heads of my 7 and 8 year olds, but the 12-15 year old set definitely enjoyed it and spent some time studying the diagrams.
But let's tell you what the publisher says about this book:
Science shamelessly steals from God’s creation, yet refuses to give God the glory!Towards the end of the book is this page about moth's eyes and solar cells:
Engineers and inventors have long examined God’s creation to understand and copy complex, proven mechanics of design in the science known as biomimicry. Much of this inspiration is increasingly drawn from amazing aspects of nature, including insects to plants to man in search of wisdom and insight. We are surrounded daily by scientific advancements that have become everyday items, simply because man is copying from God’s incredible creation, without acknowledging the Creator.
- How the glow of a cat’s eyes innovates road reflectors
- The naturally sticky inspirations for Velcro and barbed wire
- A fly’s ear, the lizard’s foot, the moth’s eye, and other natural examples are inspiring improvements and new technologies in our lives
This page obviously has more images and less text, but the text still has some serious scientific principles (reflection, refraction, Brewster's Angle, absorption). Fascinating stuff for my geeky family especially, however I do think that this would be great for older kids from a non-geek household too!
You can go see what other Moms of Master Books have to say about Made in Heaven!
There is a Facebook party coming up on March 21 (Thursday) at 9 pm EDT where you could win cool prizes including this title among other things, and discuss these books. I'll try to keep my Facebook page current with details about this party!
Disclaimer: I received this books for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.