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The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin

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Staff Pick

"A wild scheme" was one of Dr. Darwin’s objections to his son’s voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. Charles Darwin overthrows his father’s concerns, and embarks on the journey. Sis masterfully recreates his life through a collection of anecdotes, letter excerpts, and exquisite illustrations. Darwin’s legacy proves an inspirational message to pursue one’s passion for understanding. A perfect selection for scientists — and dreamers — of all ages.
Recommended by Suzy, Powell's Books at PDX

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Publisher Comments:

In this brilliant presentation of a revolutionary thinker's life, the picture book becomes an art form

As far as I can judge, I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men . . .

Charles Darwin was, above all else, an independent thinker who continues even now to influence the way we look at the natural world. His endless curiosity and passion for detail resulted in a wealth of notebooks, diaries, correspondence, and published writings that Peter Sís transforms into a visual treasure trove. A multilayered journey through Darwins world, The Tree of Life begins with his childhood and traces the arc of his life through university and career, following him around the globe on the voyage of the Beagle, and home to a quiet but momentous life devoted to science and family. Sís uses his own singular vision to create a gloriously detailed panorama of a geniuss trajectory through investigating and understanding the mysteries of nature. In pictures executed in fine pen and ink and lush watercolors - cameo portraits, illustrated pages of diary, cutaway views of the Beagle, as well as charts, maps, and a gatefold spread - Peter Sís has shaped a wondrous introduction to Charles Darwin.

 
The Tree of Life is a 2003 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Notable Children's Book of the Year, and a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Review:

"[A] fabulous, visually exciting introduction to the man, his ideas, and the science of the natural world." School Library Journal

Review:

"A sophisticated interpretation that will have rapt admirers, including many adults." Booklist

Review:

"[A] stunning picture book biography....Sweeping in scope, lavish in detail, this is a book to launch many a reader's personal voyage of discovery." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Tree of Life examines the life of this scientist.

About the Author

Peter Sís has written and illustrated many award-winning books for children, including Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box, both Caldecott Honor books. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374456283
Author:
Sis, Peter
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Ss, Peter
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Naturalists
Subject:
Science & Technology - Biology
Subject:
Darwin, Charles
Subject:
Naturalists -- Biography.
Subject:
Science & Nature - Biology
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Autobiography/Science
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Subject:
Science & Nature - Discoveries
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Picture Book Nonfiction
Series Volume:
no. 788
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes full-color illustrations throug
Pages:
44
Dimensions:
12.00 x 9.00 in
Age Level:
08-UP

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Product details 44 pages Frances Foster Books - English 9780374456283 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"A wild scheme" was one of Dr. Darwin’s objections to his son’s voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. Charles Darwin overthrows his father’s concerns, and embarks on the journey. Sis masterfully recreates his life through a collection of anecdotes, letter excerpts, and exquisite illustrations. Darwin’s legacy proves an inspirational message to pursue one’s passion for understanding. A perfect selection for scientists — and dreamers — of all ages.

"Review" by , "[A] fabulous, visually exciting introduction to the man, his ideas, and the science of the natural world."
"Review" by , "A sophisticated interpretation that will have rapt admirers, including many adults."
"Review" by , "[A] stunning picture book biography....Sweeping in scope, lavish in detail, this is a book to launch many a reader's personal voyage of discovery."
"Synopsis" by , Tree of Life examines the life of this scientist.
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