I started reading this biology text yesterday in the car, and I could not put it down! My ten year old has been using it as a Science text now in our homeschool for about six weeks, and he tells me he really likes this book and loves biology. I can see why after reading four chapters straight through. Mr. Tiner makes the subject of biology come alive and shares so much fascinating information that you just don’t want to stop reading.
I took Biology and Advanced Biology in High School, and I must have forgotten so much in the last 20 years because I have (re)learned a great deal in the past 24 hours reading this book. Oftentimes, I would find myself thinking “Oh, I know this — I had just forgotten…” but that didn’t make the reading any less fascinating.
Exploring The World o f Biology by John Hudson Tiner is written for the Middle School or Junior High Student to work through independantly or for the Elementary student to work through with some guidance. It can also be used by the High School Student (or adult!) as a refresher course. Each chapter contains biographical information for Scientists, extra sidebars of information about something introduced in the main text and also each chapter starts with three questions that help you read the chapter smartly to grasp the main points. Each chapter closes with review questions to quickly test how much information you can recall.
My Bottom Line: I really enjoy this series of books by John Hudson Tiner and would like to own all of them for my 10-14 year olds to read before they approach High School Science. This book is just about perfect for my 10 year old.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing as part of the Page Turners program in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Here you have it.