This is a hard cover book in a series of 6 books, with 4 more due out soon. The others in the series currently are;
These books are geared for ages 5-12. My 15 year old even found it interesting to look through as did my 2 year old looking at the pictures. It was a little over her head for reading.
Key difference in this series is that is it told from a Biblical World View! "Discovering Biblical Truth in Everyday Life" is the subtitle of the series. The goal is to explore the world around you through the eyes of faith. The series Title came from Deuteronomy 6:7 to talk about the Lord with our future generations in our homes, when we arise, and as we walk 'by the way'.
This book is a combination of actual photographs, and cartoon illustrations. We join Lexi and Alex, the brother sister team as they visit their Uncle Ted who is a forest ranger. Who better to show us the Great Smoky Mountains than a ranger!
The book reads like a storybook as Lexi and Alex go about their adventures including seeing skunks, flowers, butterflies, bobcats, trees, and more specific to the land. In subsets on the page are actual photos and facts about the different things they are seeing in the story.
There is a variety of scripture through out the book as well. I love how the author takes the opportunity to share scripture that goes along with what they are finding in the story. When the kids were looking at the Fraser trees, she quotes Jeremiah 17:7-8 "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters".
Not only is the book full of information on all that you will find growing and living in the Smoky Mountains, it also takes the time to share the history of the people who first lived there, the Cherokee Indians.
The town of Cataloochee was abandoned when the federal government bought up the town to make the Great Smoky Mountain park. I had never heard of this and you can be sure its on my ' to visit' list for when we go.
Cades Cove was a town I had read about previously and it was neat to see photos in the book. The Cove once had 671 people living there.
By the Way Book Smoky Mountains is 50 pages long. We chose to break it up over a couple of days, as it is too much for a single read. There is a lot of information packed into the pages of this book.
Be sure to check out the front page of the book where you can see the animals and objects you are trying to locate on the page, be a sleuth!
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