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Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be Hardcover – February 1, 2010
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That is why books like Loxton's Evolution are important. This book is aimed at children and teens who want a solid understanding of evolution's fundamentals. Loxton has a lot of ground to cover, and he begins by noting that different fossils are found in different geological strata--a fact that suggested to early researchers that many now-extinct animals had once roamed the planet (and much longer ago than most people could imagine). Evolution goes on to touch on a wide variety of subjects related to evolution, from DNA to the alleged "living dinosaur" mokele-mbembe. Along the way, new concepts such as species and mutation are introduced, often in the form of posed questions. Charles Darwin's experiments are briefly described, including his research into avian inbreeding and the variations in beaks in isolated populations of Galapagos island finches. The elements of evolution are explained in terms that are neither dumbed-down nor too complex for its target audience.
Loxton, editor of Junior Skeptic, also shows off his considerable illustration skills. The book is clearly written for children, and eye-catching graphics are of course a necessity. Every page has one or more enticing, full-color images illustrating everything from dinosaurs to the bird-dinosaur Archaeopteryx to cute, flirty little zebra-like things called Zooks.Read more ›
We liked it so much we bought copies for our (cash-strapped) town and elementary school libraries--not sure I can give it a stronger recommendation than that!
This book was great. Probably a bit above the level for a 6 year old, but with lots of discussion and further examples from me as we read, he really enjoyed it and now has a pretty good idea of what evolution is and how it works.
The first part of the book is an explanation of evolution and the tenets of natural selection. It is very well done, with lots of illustrations and pictures. He does a good job of breaking the concepts down in a way that kids can understand without dumbing them down to the point that they become inaccurate. Gives the kids enough information to understand that it's not magical, but not so much that it's entirely over their heads.
The second part of the book is framed as a series of questions you might hear from people skeptical of evolution. He answers the questions respectfully and accurately. There is a small section (about 1/3 of a page) on religion, and he does a wonderful job explaining what science can tell us versus the role of religion. Very respectful of religious beliefs, in my opinion.
My son especially loved the several pages on human evolution and had me read them to him over and over again.Read more ›
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This book is a beautifully written and illustrated account of how evolution works and why it is true. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by JBB
Great book for kids. My two boys find it interesting and have many questions (which I am happy to answer).Published 24 days ago by MMorgan
Very well written. Highly recommended for any parents who wish to help their children understand what it means to think scientifically.Published 1 month ago by Stubner
Excellent reading and very educational with great illustrations!Published 13 months ago by Dean R. Rutherford
Book arrived quickly by mail in good condition. My daughter liked it. Very pleased. Thank you. ~ jwPublished 15 months ago by John A. Willsea