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Grade 3–6—A somewhat bug-eyed Darwin tells the story of his journey on the Beagle and the development of his theory of evolution. Journal entries make good use of quotations from his own writing, while captioned insets add information on the people, animals, places, and ideas he encountered on the historic trip. The authors make it clear that Darwin was aware of the controversial nature of his theory, quoting, "Publishing my theory felt like confessing a murder." Cartoon illustrations in pencil and watercolor aim for the gross and startling aspects of the adventure: blood spewing from a screaming man having his leg amputated without anesthetic, a seasick Darwin vomiting over the side of the Beagle, or spitting a beetle out of his mouth. In a crowded field of picture-book biographies, this title is not as strong as Kathryn Lasky's One Beetle Too Many (Candlewick), Rosalyn Schanzer's What Darwin Saw (National Geographic), or Alice B. McGinty's Darwin (Houghton, all 2009).—Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA
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This large-format book traces Darwin’s life from his boyhood through the publication of On the Origin of Species. A typical double-page spread features a large, horizontal illustration with smaller insets including one or more captioned pictures and a journal page carrying a first-person narrative written from Darwin’s point of view. Though this text is apparently based on Darwin’s writings, no sources are cited or discussed. The loose, attractive pencil drawings are brightened with watercolor washes. Thought and speech balloons add informal appeal to the illustrations while giving voice to even minor characters. The operating-room scene, in which blood spatters as a doctor saws a man’s leg and a nauseated medical student (Darwin) flees, may be too graphic for some children while attracting others to the story. Appendixes include a glossary and brief biographies of three people appearing in the book, and a map indicating the route and stops of the 1831–36 voyage of the HMS Beagle appears on the endpapers. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Bks (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845079701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845079703
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,965,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Wells on September 5, 2009
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It's still advanced for my kindergarten-aged daughter, but i suspect 2nd graders would love to have this story read to them. Distinctive art, too -- tho one of the first images is of an 1800's surgery, with the patient awake and having a leg sawed off (and Darwin rushing out the door to throw up)... ;^_^
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heavncent9 on October 20, 2015
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Darwin's theories were just that...theories NOT facts!! He clearly rejected Bible FACTS concerning the flood and creation...when he found seashells imbedded in rock in the mountains and found fossils proving a Biblical flood. His good friend and sea captain, Fitzroy, made it known that he disagreed with Darwin on these issues. Just because animals have similar features doesn't mean they "evolved" over thousands of years...God made each kind different and able to adapt to its environment. Darwin's THEORIES may be interesting but definitely are NOT TRUE!!! I would only recommend this book to those who reject creationism, God and the Bible. I would rate this book with No stars...but 1 star is required to leave a review...
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