Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Book of Knowledge - The Children's Encyclopedia

Left Inside Cover Page

Right Inside Cover Page

This volume of the Book of Knowledge dates to the early fifties, the copyright of this copy is 1952.  I cannot remember when we did not have it.  I spent many hours looking at the pictures before I could even read.  The world it projected defined for me what the world out there is.  The message was one of progress and endless mysteries and fascinating people.  It portrayed a world that was getting better and would always do so.  It must have fed my early interest in science.  It was decidedly Christian.  It was my first exposure to Evolution, which it affirmed.  For more information, there is a short description at Wikipedia.  The encyclopedia is arranged according to the following categories.  It is not arranged in a mechanical, alphabetical way but is more like a place to play.  One can pick up any volume and thumb through all kinds of interesting things.  It is a favourite in home schooling circles.
  • The Earth
  • Science
  • Wonder Questions
  • Animal Life
  • Plant Life
  • Own Own Life
  • Familiar Things
  • All Countries
  • The United States
  • Other Countries
  • Fine Arts
  • Literature
  • Famous Books
  • Stories
  • Poetry
  • Golden Deeds
  • Men and Women
  • Things to Make and Things to Do

Note Added later in the day:  I just now heard this quote on "Criminal Minds" and it is very pertinent to this post.

“within the core of each of us is the child we once were. This child constitutes the foundation of what we have become, who we are, and what we will be.”

Rhawn Joseph (neuroscientist)

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