The By the Way Book Series was written by Joy Budensiek. Each of the books are hardcover and have beautiful illustrations. The series follows the journies of Alex and Lexi as they travel to different locations and learn about the culture, history, and natural habitat of the place they are visiting. Through their explorations they learn about God and His creation.
There are currently 10 books in the series with more titles being added soon.
Florida's Treasure Cost ~Here We Come!
Smoky Mountains ~ Here We Come!
Pennsylvania ~ Here We Come!
Ohio ~ Here We Come!
Washington ~ Here We Come!
Colorado ~ By the Way
New York City~By the Way
Alaska~By the Way
Indiana~By the Way
Ireland~By the Way
In New York City~By the Way Alex and Lexi join 5 friends and 2 adults on a youth group trip to New York City. While they are there they see famous sites such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge, the United Nations Building, the Intrepid, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Chinatown, Trinity Church, Empire State Building, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and more. Throughout their travels they are challenged to look for God's animals and nature. The children do not believe they will see much nature in the city but they see many examples of God's creations including birds, squirrels butterflies, flowers, trees. ducks, fish, horses and more. Throughout the book there are fact boxes with interesting facts about different sites and animals, and they talk a lot about all of the different zip codes that New York City has. There are some great stories about different people such as Robert Fulton and Fanny Crosby and a focus of the diversity of people that God created and the different cultures that exist in the different areas of New York City. There are Bible verses every few pages and reminders of Biblical truths such as "Remember, the world will never see lasting peace until Jesus the true 'Prince of Peace' sets up His kingdom."
I read this book aloud to my 7,9, 11, and 13 year olds. Even though the book is only around 48 pages long, there is a lot of information packed into the book so we took almost two weeks to read through it. I chose this book because we had read about New York City when we studied immigration in history but we had never covered it in much detail. We learned a lot of interesting information that we did not know. We had never thought much about the nature aspect of a big city and so we appreciated all of the information about the plants and animals being included. When we read the section on the statue of Balto being in New York City, we decided to watch the movie Balto for our Friday night movie. I love the beautiful photographs included in the book. We love that the books in this series put an emphasis on God and His creation.
Member of The Crew reviewed several different books in the series. I would love to take a look at the one on Ireland next! To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!