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Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 1, 2003
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A delicate rendering of Lascaux acrylics on watercolor paper, the story is one of the oldest ones on earth. Peters begins, "All of us are part of an old, old family. The roots of our family tree reach way back to the beginning of life on earth. We've changed a lot since then". Slowly we learn about DNA and the birth of cells in the seas. We hear about oxygen filling the planet and how the seas rose and fell, changing the landscape. About how animals crawled up onto the land and how after an asteroid our particular branch of the family tree survived. Finally, the monkeys evolved, and we evolved out of the monkeys. The book ends with further details for the inquisitive child about each step of the family tree. A helpful timeline follows these facts at the end.
For those human beings that dislike the notion of evolution and prefer a more creation-laden viewpoint, this is not the book for you. It's pretty darn clear in the text that life began 3,800 to 3,600 million years ago. End of story.Read more ›
We just received our package yesterday and my son and I sat and read the book. He loved it. Like another reviewer said, it is very hard for him to grasp millions of years, but I found that just explaining to him in terms of a "long time ago" a "long, long time ago" and a "long, long, long time ago" helped him get the basic idea. He asked questions, and made observations, and was fascinated by the pictures.
This book is just the start in educated him on science, but it is a good one. I've recommended it to all my similarly perplexed friends for their children.
It's not easy being a secular parent, especially in an era where "family friendly" is a code word for "covertly Christian". At the local grocery store there's a large children's book section with racks of religious/mythical books, but nothing about the fundamentals of science and life. I'm delighted to see authors filling this gap.
This book is factual, easy to read, and doesn't provoke controversy. I would recommend it without reservation to any reasonable parent of young children.
It has stimulated many questions from them by providing a good balance between visual interest and information about how life came about and evolved on earth.
This really is a great book, the illustrations are great and it simplifies things in a way little kids can kind of get. They don't have a concept of "millions" of years, or really any time period of longer than a millisecond (amiright?) so it's still tricky, but this book gets close.
I agree with a previous reviewer that this book is very limited in the ages of children who will be interested in it. There is very little scientific information in it and as a result kids over the age of 5 or 6 will have zero interest in this. It is for the preschool audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charming and well illustrated. More books like this are needed to help introduce younger children to the beauty and wonder of science and the natural world!Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
While the story is a little amateur, my kid loves the book. As we read it she wants to pick out which thing she is. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Be_wil_derd
I read the 1 star reviews and everything that pisses off the religous whackadoodles with their creationism fairy tales that much gotta be good. Ordering now!Published 22 days ago by sprachen-freak
Bought this to help me explain evolution to my young daughter. Worked great, and it's one of our favorite books now. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RL4422
The title is misleading, as the presentation is largely a linear presentation of human ancestors. All the same, this may be the best book on the subject for young children.Published 4 months ago by PETER M BROWN
Well written but unsupported by any factual evidence. I'll give you "micro evolution" but you'll need more than just an unsupported allegation to sell me on "Macro... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phil
My 7 year old loves hearing about animals and how they have adapted. We bought this for him for Christmas and he r requests it for story time all the time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Mcdonald
My daughter is 4 and LOVES this book. We read it quite a few nights per week.Published 5 months ago by january robinson
This book is a great story-type introduction to the history & progression of life on earth. My two-year-olds love the beautiful illustrations and I love the timeline in the back... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer