"This is one of our all-time absolute favorites. The illustrations are gorgeous, the language is warm, simple, and accessible, and the story gently leads readers through the history of life using a family trip to the beach as backdrop. Any collection of kidsÂ books about evolution should start here. Truly excellent."
"Weirdly, dinosaur books almost never discuss evolution directly. But here's one! And for the littlest kids too, which I love. This book relates dinos to chickens and birds alive today, sure to entrance little ones ."
"A lovely, gentle and calm book that still holds up well twenty years later. The illustrations are lively, appealing, and filled with children making discoveries. The text is straightforward and still more or less accurate, but it does include some fairly complex vocabulary for this age. Since itÂs pretty old, you can usually find it on the cheap. Recommended."
"Set in a lush library, two kids romp around with a Darwin-esque Grampa. The text, a rhyming poem, goes through the history of life on Earth with a focus on human evolution in the second half. The illustrations are sweet, gentle and filled with details to discover, but the poetry is a little clunky and technical. Recommended."
"This one is for every kid with a geeky obsession that isnÂt appreciated by everyone. The heroineÂs infatuation with bugs annoys her classmates, until they day they really need her expertise. While those around her panic, she keeps her cool, uses her knowledge, and saves the day. Hooray for passionate, observant, nerdy kids! Not about evolution exactly, but excellent."
"With delightful illustrations of funky animals and people, Base shows how exponential growth of human population cannot survive alongside the geometric growth of plants and animals. Yes, the ideas are that complex, and their presentation is that accessible, even to 4-year-olds. A terrific story that is easily related to evolutionary ideas. Truly excellent."