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Life Story Paperback – November 16, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
"The drama of Life is a continuing story," says Burton in her epilogue; she amply demonstrates this in her magnificent description of the evolutionary process, with text and paintings presented as a five-act play. All ages.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Miss Burton succeeds in giving the reader a sense of his own place in the magnificent flow of time and creation." Horn Book Guide
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It's a bit of a struggle for me to read to them, but they ask for it so I've learned to summarize and keep things moving. Hopefully as they grow older the girls will get more out of this book.
Now out of college, I have recently repurchased it for nostalgia and read it again. It remains a wonderful work. Being from 1961, it is slightly dated in spots. For example, it says that there is no record of life 2 billion years ago, whereas today we have found lifeforms dating back twice that far. Also, the dinosaurs' extinction is attributed to a cooling climate, because at the time the meteor theory was not widely accepted.
But this of course is nitpicking. The ultimate point of the book is that it's an introduction to the history of our planet and everything on it, including us. The central message--that our own life stories fit into the grand tapestry of life's history--remains. This is a remarkable book, and paticularly if you have a young child, I highly recommend picking up a copy.
I loved Virginia Lee Burton's books when I was a child and love them still as an adult of "a certain age." Contemporary writers for children could learn a lot from her as they fill their material with gruesome, grotesque, bizarre, morbid, violent stuff; Burton tells marvelous, engaging, memorable stories with beautiful illustrations to boot. She was a treasure to readers and her books still are.
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I'm not opposed to teaching evolution, unlike some of the other people giving this book lower reviews, but I'm just not sure who the target population...Read more