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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Paperback: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616144726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616144722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Where do I come from? Why does anything exist? For too long, young minds have been fobbed off with traditional answers, which are not only false but actually rather boring compared with the truth. Michael Rubino tells the true story—which means the scientific story—illustrated with his
captivating paintings. Children will be fascinated by this book, and they’ll use it to educate their parents."
—Richard Dawkins

"The illustrations in Michael Rubino’s Bang! How We Came to Be are lively, breathtaking, flowing, thought provoking, colorful, and sharp. If they do not transport you and your children to the past and enchant . . . with the wonder that is nature and evolution—I give up. The narrative flows easily, carrying nothing pedantic or political; it simply recounts what science has learned of the history of the particular life-form called humans. This wonderful book would be a life-affirming gift for any child."
—Cameron M. Smith, PhD, Author of The Top Ten Myths about Evolution and The Fact of Evolution

About the Author

Michael Rubino is a Los Angeles–based artist who paints symbolic, figurative works, portraits, and landscapes in oil on canvas.

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My 4 1/2 year old loves this book.
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I know it is geared for children, but I found it very informative and interesting.
David J. Popowski
Beautiful illustrations, clear, concise explanations.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Rafferty on January 7, 2012
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I heard about Bang on a science podcast. I was reading it to my five year old son for bedtime...he told me "when I grow up I want to read this to my kids". I swear I'm not making that up.

Sean Rafferty
Professor of Anthropology
University at Albany
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By RAECHEL A. MCGHEE on September 27, 2011
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Finally, an account of evolution that young readers can grasp and read for the thrilling story that it is! Michael Rubino's beautiful illustrations and straightforward text are refreshing and enlightening. Drawing upon scientific fact, the text follows human evolution from its most basic origins to its fabulous culmination in homo sapiens. I hope that every school in America avails itself of this new book to prepare our students for the challenges that they will face in the global marketplace. As American students' scientific preparation is falling behind, leaving our nation vulnerable and underachieving, "Bang! How We Came to Be" is a step in the right direction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles D'Arcy on June 7, 2012
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This is the most straightforward, concise, and easy-to-follow telling of the story of evolution that I have ever come across. Our ancient ancestors, shown in chronological order, from the first single-celled animals, through worms, fish, amphibians....toward modern humans, are beautifully rendered in what appear to be oil paintings. The illustrations alone tell the tale clearly, but are nicely supported by the surprisingly elegant (for a children's book) prose of the narrative. Another nice touch: unlike some others of its genre, this book evades the easy trap of racial and sexual bias by portraying the "final human" as an embryo. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scuba Steve on October 31, 2011
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My kids were enthralled by the cover art, and as soon as they saw the book, wanted to read it. The 7-year-old asked questions about evolutionary history, and we were able to answer by reading the text. The 5-year-old loved the drawings, and made the book take twice as long to read as he commented on the images on the page after listening to the text.

I'm sure we're destined to read this book at least 20 more times in the next few weeks. The good news is that I don't think I'll get bored reading this 20 more times :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By IKnecht on August 13, 2013
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I have been reading BANG! with my preschooler. She LOVES it. Since she's too young to read and a little too impatient for all the text, I've been using the gorgeous illustrations to explain evolution. She begs me to read it four and five times in a row, and in fact was so excited that she took it into preschool to share with her classmates. (I bet that was an interesting Story Time.)

BANG! is filled with beautiful paintings and drawings, not to mention intricate illuminated capitals on some of the text pages. It's a straightforward explanation of evolution, geared towards kids but not to the point of boring the adults. I particularly enjoy the use of "we" in the text to emphasize our connection to all the branches on the tree before us.

An outstanding book from cover to cover.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Del Vecchio on June 25, 2012
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Well, this is refreshing: a book for young people that tells the beautiful story of evolution without being bogged down with charts and graphs, biographies of scientists, or the creationist conflict. The text is "simple" enough for children, while remaining a good-read for adults. The illustrations are superb. A perfect primer - this is just the sort of book that will inspire a child to want to learn more.

Pamela
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David J. Popowski on November 28, 2011
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I know it is geared for children, but I found it very informative and interesting. I love the common sense approach. Very attractively done, and I love the method--"how WE looked 590 million years ago, etc." A companion piece or work to Richard Dawlkins iPad app "Magic of Reality".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt on August 27, 2013
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I've been reading this with my 5 year old. He doesn't get everything but he still enjoys it enough that he keeps asking to read more. It may be best for and older child but when your 5 year old asks how humans came along you have to start somewhere.
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Michael Rubino was born and raised in San Francisco. He knew early in life that he wanted to be an artist, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from UC Berkeley in 1981. He now resides in Los Angeles. His original works, done in oil, on canvas or wood, tend toward the allegorical. They are drawn from his views on religion, overpopulation, and the environment.

Please visit the author's website: www.michaelrubinogallery.com

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