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A one-of-a-kind atlas that glorifies God, explores His creation, and honors His followers around the world!
- Discover amazing wonders of God's creation, including longest rivers, tallest mountains, and more.
- Examine interesting factual details about Christian explorers, missionaries, and history makers.
- learn about geographic features and how these were formed by the Flood, plate tectonics, and volcanic activity - plus other details of God's amazing design.
The atlases that line the shelves of libraries and bookstores are filled with both evolutionary thought and secular worldviews. This atlas is packed with unique insights into Christian history makers and amazing landmarks. One will explore the design of ecosystems and biomes, great civilizations, and discoveries found around the world. The full-color, visually engaging book provides a dual purpose as an elementary curriculum and a valued reference tool.
Outline maps and facts regarding the seven continents are provided, as well as detailed maps and data of the featured countries. The comprehensive information provided for each focus country will bring to light their culture and traditions, holidays, exploration, legal system, and economic industries, as well as missionary accounts and other material to help children connect to people from regions around the globe.
Informative and Interesting Reference Tool Review by Elizabeth
Did you know that the Hindi word for bear is bhalu? According to Craig Froman, "This word was the inspiration for the name of the bear in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" (pg. 59). Are you aware that the smallest island in the world is only large enough for a lighthouse that is over 160 feet tall (pg. 28)? (Do you know where it is?) Have you ever noted that the Eiffel Tower "was designed based on the formation of the human femur or thighbone" which efficiently supports our weight, by God's design (pg. 37). Craig Froman highlights these and many other fascinating facts in his Children's Atlas of God's World.
While there are many interesting tidbits throughout this Atlas, what notably sets the Children's Atlas of God's World apart from similar resources is its emphasis on God as Creator and the fact that it highlights information about Christian history, people of faith, and Christian traditions around the world. For example, the pages concerning Germany relay details about Gutenberg, Luther, Bach, and Handel. Pages portraying Kenya, remind the reader of the Ethiopian eunuch and introduce one to Dr. Johann Ludwig Krapf who "founded the first Christian mission in 1846...and translated the Bible into Swahili" (pg. 52).
Additionally, the Children's Atlas of God's World contains a number of user-friendly qualities that make this an excellent choice for young people who may be new to navigating this type of research tool. Some of these features are noted in the "Table of Contents" and include:
- Grid references;
- Green Highlights throughout the text for cities or sites to be located on the map;
- Red, numbered pins marking landmarks, rivers, or other geographic locations;
- Lettered, green flags denoting special "World Heritage Sites" recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.
Each of the above tools make it easier to encourage children to spot the location of the various details about which you are reading together. Each map designates important cities, without providing an overwhelming amount of information.
Numerous, over-sized photos throughout the Children's Atlas of the World make places "come to life" and captivate the reader. Crisp, bright colors contribute to the visual appeal making it hard not to be drawn to this book.
The Children's Atlas of the World also showcases "Biomes of the World", explaining each habitat and what makes it unique by God's design. It contains a "Glossary" of (mostly) geographic terminology with which the young reader may not yet be familiar, as well as, an explanation of various systems of government, a listing of "Holidays Around the World", and an index (which helpfully explains how to use the grid references included on the maps).
Children of all ages (and their parents) will likely find the Children's Atlas of the World a helpful and informative reference tool for investigating "the wondrous diversity of God's creatures, from killer caterpillars to the longest snakes hiding in the jungle" (from the back cover) and for discovering God's redemptive work in these 22 countries among the seven continents.
If you are interested, you can view many of the fabulous features mentioned above in the Publisher's Book Trailer, above.
*Many thanks to the Publisher, Master Books (a division of New Leaf Publishing Group), for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion! (Posted on 10/3/2013)
Wonderful atlas, wish it had more countries in it! Review by April E.
One of the first things I noticed about the Children's Atlas of God's World is that it is well-made with a sturdy hardcover, and thick glossy pages. The book measures 13.5 x 9.75 inches, which makes it very nice to hold in your lap while exploring it with your children. It's only half an inch thick, so it's not too bulky or heavy to work with.
As soon as I opened the book itself, I was impressed with the colorful blue and green theme that runs through the book. It's visually appealing, with sidebar information, large maps, easy to use map grids, and photos of animal, people and places within each of the different countries. Even though it contains a lot of information about different countries, maps, and photos, it's not too cluttered.
I'm thankful that the atlas does NOT begin with an evolutionary history of the world as so many secular atlases do. Even though this atlas was published by Master Books of New Leaf Publishing Group, and they usually take a young earth viewpoint of creation, this atlas doesn't address young earth or old earth at all. It does clearly state in several places that God is the Creator of the earth and all the people in it, but it does not place a time-line on that creation. Though I personally agree with their young earth stance, the neutrality of this book should help the atlas appeal to a wider range of Christians.
The atlas is divided up by continent, beginning with North America and South America. It then covers Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica. After a 2-page spread on each continent, the individual countries within that continent are discussed.
Not every country of the world is covered, not even every major country. I was a little disappointed by that, to be honest. In North America, the three largest countries are covered: Canada, United States of America, and Mexico. In South America, only Brazil and Bolivia are studied. In Europe, the authors write about Norway, Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and Russia. Moving to Africa, readers will only learn about Kenya, Egypt and South Africa. In Asia, we get to learn about Israel, Saudi Arabia, India, China, Japan, and Malaysia. The Oceania section covers Australia and New Zealand, and two pages are dedicated to Antarctica. I know it would be impossible to cover every country and still have a child-sized, manageable book, but I do wish more countries were discussed.
The book ends with a discussion of biomes of the world, forms of government, holidays around the world, and a glossary of terms. There is also an atlas at the end that tells you where to find countries in the book, by page, and by grid-reference on the map.
The Children's Atlas of God's World has a few unique features you'll find through out the book. Whenever you see a flag with a cross on it, you're reading information that applies to Christian history. If you see a red pin with a number, that means that place you're reading about is pin-pointed on the map. If a word is highlighted in green, those are also places you can find on the map. Green flags with letters on them represent sites recognized as cultural heritage locations by UNESCO. There are also biome symbols to identify the habitats of different countries, which can be learned about more at the back of the book. These symbols help you to connect the information you read back to the map, and better understand the countries you're studying.
Overall, I love the atlas. I do wish it covered more countries, but I love the information provided about the countries it does cover, and I love the format it's presented in. I definitely recommend it as a lovely resource for Christian families who want to learn more about geography and world cultures.
The Children's Atlas of God's World by Craig Froman is priced at $18.99 by Master Books, though I am sure it can probably be found at a savings from some stores or websites. It is also available as a digital download separately at $9.99 or at a savings if bought in conjunction with the physical book (at the Master Books website).
Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided to me free by New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. (Posted on 10/2/2013)
BIG BEAUTIFUL COLORFUL ORGANIZED INFORMATIONAL... Review by What a World we Live In...
These are all words that describe this amazing text.
Just opening Children’s ATLAS of God’s World, I was already enthralled with the Introduction and Table of Contents! How many times can you say you have stopped to REALLY read the introduction? You will with this one! Vivid pictures unfolding the country’s culture, natural habitats, architecture, and more fill each page. I did think that some of the pins that locate historical landmarks may have been placed in the general area for some of the maps, possibly a little off, on only one or two points compared to more detailed maps, but the content on the pins and the information expressed were on target and beautifully illustrated in photographs and drawings. On the corner of each page there is an entire globe with highlighted land area demonstrating where each country is located. In another area of these pages are the “World Heritage Sites” listing important and interesting places to seek out on the map. I have always enjoyed the meaning of the flags as well and had fun discussing these with my students. Overall, I have to say that the vast array of integrated subjects included in this book make it a wonderful resource for a parent or teacher. I read about religion, culture, geography, literature, authors, sports, food, music and more. I enjoyed this book very much!
(Posted on 8/13/2013)