Did you know that bats rest, sleep, mate and give birth upside down?
Bev here. Today I’m hosting Kimberley Payne, author of many books, including a series of science books for children. Tell us about yourself, Kimberly!
Thanks, Bev. This is a sample from my soon-to-be-released children’s activity book, Adam’s Animals, the second in the Science and Faith Matters series. You can find out more about the books and how you can help me get them published at the end of the article.
The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote the Book of Proverbs – a book of wise sayings to help us live godly lives. In this verse, Solomon points out that it is foolish to be idle and lazy. He says that we should learn from the example of the ant who doesn’t laze around and wait to be told what to do, but is willing to work hard and do what needs to be done.
Did you know that badgers can eat up to 200 earthworms in one day?
In the Bible, you can find the badger in Psalm 104:18 “The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.”
The psalmist wrote many poems and songs to show appreciation to God and His creation. One of his poems praises God for how He not only creates but also tenderly takes care of His creation. God provides a place to hide in the cliffs for creatures like badgers (also known as coneys or hyraxes).
In the Bible, you can find bats in Leviticus 11:13-19 “These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.”
In Bible times, the Israelites were instructed not to eat certain types of birds; including bats. God wanted His people to act differently than the people who didn’t believe in God. By avoiding these foods, God’s people set themselves apart and kept themselves pure and holy for Him.
Did you know that camels retain water and so their pee can be as thick as syrup?
In the Bible, you can find camels in Genesis 12:16 “He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.”
Since camels were rare in Bible times, they belonged to wealthy men only. God helped Abram (later called Abraham) to grow rich and accumulate many things, including camels. Camels were used for riding as well as for carrying loads, clothing, and tent material.
Did you know that ants have two stomachs – one to hold the food for itself and one to hold food to be shared with other ants?
In the Bible, you can find the ant in Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”
“Adam’s Animals” is a children’s activity book that features more than 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It’s ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation”, is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.
As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.
Click through to learn more about Kickstarter and my campaign for Adam’s Animals, I appreciate anything you can do to help!
Thanks for hosting me, Bev!
Anytime, Kimberley! Dig deep, people!