Clearwater Publishing Company, INC

Recently, Home Education Magazine recieved a note from Kenn Amdall author of “There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings”. He wrote to tell us about several books he would like us to review. He had me hooked when he wrote, “I started publishing these in 1990, before books for Dummies or Idiots existed, and they were intended primarily for older students who did not resonate with traditional styles.”

Since I usually enjoy books that do not resonate with traditional styles, I had to take a look. I visited his website, Clearwater Publishing Company, INC and began exploring the different books that they offer, including a few others that he wrote. You might already be familiar with Algebra Unplugged and Calculus For Cats, but I also found two more, The Land of Debris and the Home of Alfredo and Joy Writing: Discover and develop your creative voice.

I first looked at There Are No Electrons: Electronics for Earthlings and enjoyed reading the description. Part of the description reads:

After seeing the movie “Star Wars,” Kenn Amdahl realized that his young sons suddenly knew everything about Wookies and the Force, effortlessly, without study. Their minds were alert and engaged by all the fun in the movie, and therefore receptive to learning anything. Yoda could have taught them Chemistry. On the other hand, if Han Solo and light sabers were described in the style of some traditional text books, they would seem dull as Victorian pinochle players. Darth Vader would be as hard to remember as the fourth President of the United States, whoever that was. Kenn wondered if one could write engaging books on dull subjects that would make learning as effortless as watching a movie. To test his idea he wrote this book to explain the concepts of electricity, careful to keep the pace lively, the reading easy, entertaining, and irreverent. One would have to say it worked rather well.

Be sure to visit the site to read the rest of the description, the reviews and to look at the other books they offer. While you are there, be sure to explore the rest of the site so you don’t miss their wit and humor.

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