Saturday, April 23, 2011

Exploring the World of Biology

exploring-biologyExploring the World of Biology – From Mushrooms to Complex Life Forms
Written by John Hudson Tiner
Published at Masterbooks

About the book


The field of biology focuses on living things, from the smallest microscopic protozoa to the largest mammal. In this book you will read and explore the life of plants, insects, spiders and other arachnids, life in water, reptiles, birds, and mammals, highlighting God's amazing creation. You will learn about the following and so much more:

  • How does biological classification give each different type of plant or animal a unique name?
  • In what ways are seeds spread around the world?
  • What food does the body use for long-term storage of energy?
  • How did biologists learn how the stomach digested food?
  • What plant gave George de Mestral the idea for Velcro?
  • For most of history, biologists used the visible appearance of plants or animals to classify them. They grouped plants or animals with similar-looking features into families. Starting in the 1990s, biologists have extracted DNA and RNA from cells as a guide to how plants or animals should be grouped. Like visual structures, these reveal the underlying design or creation.

    The newest book in our Exploring series, Exploring the World of Biology is a fascinating look at life - from the smallest proteins and spores, to the complex life systems of humans and animals.

    My Thoughts

    Through this book, I got renewed with my love of biology.   I had a biology class while I was in high school – a long time ago – and every now and then I hoped to find a book that will cover the basic of biology for my kids when they come in age to study it.  

    Exploring the World of Biology is such a book.   Geared for students in middle school, it will introduce them to the basics of biology and with it they will discover if they have an interest in learning more about the subject or not.   Mind you elementary children can also go through the book with the help of their parents and high school students can refresh their knowledge with it too!  Throughout the book, the student will learn more about the hidden kingdom and the invisible kingdom, explore the biological names, discover the world of plants, explore the insects and spiders, learn more about life in the water, reptiles, birds and mammals as well as discover more about the human body like digestion for example.    While going through the book, I have read avidly on mushrooms, how Pasteur discovered pasteurization and why he decided not to make money on it, explored the digestion system with Dr. Beaumont and Alexis St. Martin, and much more.    I got excited with the information contained in this book simply because I knew it was based on faith.  

    Each chapter starts with some questions to stir the curiosity of the student.   For example, in the Food for Energy and Growth one of the question is What food does the body use for growth and repair?  During the reading of the chapter, the student can identify the answer and confirm it at the end of the chapter.  At the end of the chapter, a series of questions are asked to which the student need to answer.    The answers for each chapter are included at the end of the book.    Also, the student can explore more on the subject covered with the fun experiments/activities suggested at the end of each chapter.  Some research might be necessary for these extra activities.  But I find that learning is done well when the student need to dig for the answers…

    I would have preferred having some coloured illustrations/pictures in the book to simply keep the interest alive at times.    I find that having colours in a book help to keep the attention.   Even though the pictures are in black and white,  you can have a pretty good idea of what they represent.    This book would be an amazing addition for an homeschool and to study.   I highly recommend it for anyone interested in biology.

    Exploring the World of Biology is available at your favourite bookstore, even

    Disclaimer: Thanks to MasterBooks for sending me the books for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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