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The Wonders of the Great Lakes Region Await!

Come explore the Great Lakes region, a place where hawks soar overhead, monarch butterflies spread colorful wings, beavers build underwater fortresses, and a stick might suddenly scurry away. Learn about the fascinating creatures God designed to live in a special place called the Great Lakes region, which he created just for these creatures. Find out about the amazing things they do and how God made ...

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The Wonders of the Great Lakes Region Await!

Come explore the Great Lakes region, a place where hawks soar overhead, monarch butterflies spread colorful wings, beavers build underwater fortresses, and a stick might suddenly scurry away. Learn about the fascinating creatures God designed to live in a special place called the Great Lakes region, which he created just for these creatures. Find out about the amazing things they do and how God made each one for a purpose all its own.

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Editorial Reviews

The Dove Foundation
'Wilderness Discoveries' is filled with adventure and educational facts about the world we live in. God has created amazing creatures and foliage that leave us in wonder. This colorful book has astounding pictures of animals, birds and other creatures from the great lakes of Michigan.

Learn about habitats, ecosystems, the great lakes and much, much more in this amazing book. There is also a DVD, under the same name, that will expand the experience of the area for everyone to enjoy. We award this book the Dove 'Family-Approved' Seal for all ages.

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—These religious-centered introductions to some of the ecosystems and habitats in Hawaii and Michigan are written in a chatty, informal style. Superlatives abound in a text filled with exclamation points, e.g., "Hawaii has one of the most unique coral reef systems on the planet!" (Ocean Adventures) and expressions of wonder at the creatures being described: "God designed most owls to be nighttime hunters!" (Wilderness Discoveries). Some species are singled out in text boxes-"Hello, My Name Is:" and "Crazy Cool FACT!"—that highlight interesting information about them. Pronunciation guides appear sporadically, but they're not very helpful; e.g., "'cetaceans' (si-ta-tions)," and there is no help for other names such as "nene." The illustrations are a combination of color photographs and drawings, but many seem to be stuck on the page, with an amateurish cut-and-paste look. Without a table of contents, the specific chapters on the areas of these states are difficult to find, and with no index (even to the many biblical quotations), the books are strictly for browsing. Marginal purchases.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews

From Lake Michigan's dunes through transition forests to the boreal forests and wetlands in the region's north, a television host introduces inhabitants of three Great Lakes ecosystems from an intelligent-design perspective.

"Within every ecosystem, each plant and animal is designed to serve a specific purpose in God's creation." While this proposition is not accepted by the great majority of scientists, it is repeatedly put forth, through examples and Biblical quotations, in this appreciation of the Great Lakes' natural world. Schriemer defines his terms, introduces "HOMES" as a mnemonic to remember the five lake names and provides a map showing Michigan at their heart. He then introduces each ecosystem, with examples of characteristic animals and a plant for each. Each creature has a page with an explanation of its name, a short description of its appearance and behavior, a "crazy cool fact" and several color photographs. The images are not large, and a few are difficult to see—as are the animals themselves—but most will give young readers a good idea of what to look for. A DVD (not seen) is packaged with books in this series, which also includes the less well-written Ocean Adventures, about habitats of Hawaii. There are no sources or index in either book.

Encouraging children's sense of wonder, this will be welcomed by buyers seeking Creationist titles. (Nonfiction. 5-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310721420
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Series: Nature of God Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Having created, written and produced many of his own projects as well as having worked on national video projects, Peter Schriemer is an award winning filmmaker who has received more than fifteen prestigious industry awards. Being America’s hands-on naturalist, Peter enjoys exploring outside, assisting field biologists with research projects, and teaching children about God’s wondrous creation. Peter received his B.A. in Film and Video Studies from the University of Michigan in 2005 and now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Wilderness Discoveries

Nature of God
By Peter Schriemer


Copyright © 2011 Peter Schriemer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-72142-0


I was excited. In just a moment the bald eagle would take flight and soar along the coast of Lake Michigan. Months ago, someone had found it sick and weak. Some kind people, who were trained to help birds of prey, rescued the bald eagle and nursed it back to health. When the eagle was strong enough, it practiced flying in a large flight cage. Now the eagle was ready!

People were gathered around, watching and waiting. Cameras were ready and so was I! Then it happened. The woman holding the eagle gently threw it into the air. The eagle opened its huge wings and flew across the water. My eyes never left it as it gracefully headed down the coast of Lake Michigan. God must have enjoyed creating such a beautiful and awe-inspiring creature.

God has blessed me with many amazing wildlife experiences, but they didn't happen by sitting at home—I had to get outside so God could show me his incredible natural world. My goal is not only to help you understand the majesty and creativity of our great Creator, but also inspire you to explore and experience the nature of God for yourself. —Peter Schriemer

To the Creator, who sends the snow in winter, the summer warmth to grow the grain, the breezes, the sunshine, and the soft refreshing rain. —P. S.

What Is an Ecosystem?

Have you ever wanted to see where a river goes or find out what's on the other side of that next hill? One of the reasons God made this earth was for us to have fun exploring and discovering it! God has filled the natural world with amazing animals and plants that make our adventures exciting and interesting.

When you walk out your front door, you are entering an ecosystem! The word "ecosystem" is used to describe areas of the natural world. Sunlight, air, water, plants, and animals are parts of an ecosystem. Within every ecosystem, each plant and animal is designed to serve a specific purpose in God's creation. In an ecosystem, animals and plants live in ways that keep things in a certain balance that make it possible for life to flourish.

Ecosystems can be large areas. Lake Michigan, northern wetlands, and forests are all examples of ecosystems. Within these big areas, creatures make their homes in smaller spaces called habitats.

Habitats Provide Creatures with:

-> Oxygen (in the right amounts)

-> Suitable Temperatures

-> Food

-> Water

-> Shelter

-> Area to Raise Young

As an adventurer, you'll explore ecosystems, discover habitats, and encounter the amazing creatures living there.


Excerpted from Wilderness Discoveries by Peter Schriemer Copyright © 2011 by Peter Schriemer. Excerpted by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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