TOS Review: Amazing Animals By Design

I love being part of the crew.  As a crew member I often get the chance to discover great books that I just never would have known about.  Amazing Animals by Design by Debra Haagen is one of those finds.

As part of the TOS Crew, I received a copy of this book in PDF format.   I have a Simple Touch Nook but I wasn’t sure how well this would work.  As soon as I received my PDF copy, I uploaded it to my e-ink technology Nook. Though the formatting wasn’t perfect, and the pictures were black and white, it was very easy to read and allowed me to read the book while snuggling on the couch or while on the go at McDonald’s.  I’m not usually happy with PDF’s on my NOOK, but this worked really well.

Because the drawings are adorable and look even better in color, I did take the time to read it to my daughter from the laptop.  We sat at the table with the laptop between us and savored the pictures.  Supergirl loves the book so much that she asks her sisters to read it to her as well.  Here Turtlegirl and Supergirl enjoy Amazing Animals by Design together.


This book sparked some interesting conversation and dialogue between my daughter and I.  The first time we read through it, I realized that she did not understand what “design” meant.  Though familiar with the idea of God as creator, she couldn’t quite grasp the concept of God as designer.  By reading and re-reading this book we learned a new vocabulary word and we learned about the special designs of several zoo animals.

Reading Amazing Animals by Design ignited a renewed desire in my daughter to visit the zoo.  She begs to go to the zoo so she can see all these animals, especially the “barbarian sheep that don’t need to drink water.”  (Here’s the exact quote:  “Mama, can we go to the zoo.  I want to see the barbarian sheep.  You know, the ones that don’t need to drink water.”  And yes we’ve been reading about the barbarian invasions of Rome.  And she was referring to Barbary sheep but you’ll have to read Ms. Haagan’s book to learn more <grin>)

Barbary Sheep

This delightful book is currently in Pre-Release but you can purchase it now directly from Tate Publishing. It is available in paperback format for $8.99 or as a PDF file for $7.99. The release date for this book is April 3rd. 

Check out the Amazing Animals by Design blog to learn more about the book, the author (who is also a home schooling mama herself!) and the writing process.  Ms. Haagen also blogs about upcoming events such as book signings.

Check it out! Amazing Animals by Design is also on Facebook

This book is just perfect to use when planning a trip to the zoo and a great way to introduce intelligent design to children. Oh and Supergirl’s thoughts? “I just love this book.”

Tate Publishing

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Disclaimer: As a TOS Crew member, I received this book in PDF format free of charge to review. This review is my honest opinion with, hopefully, enough detail as to why I liked or did not like a product so that my readers can make an informed decision. I received no compensation.


  1. Love that you added the quote! You did a great review on this

  2. I love the artwork.



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