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Publisher Comments:

Filled with the fascinating words of Charles Darwin—designed as handwritten entries—this picture book biography reveals the assembling of a profound idea: the survival of the fittest. Two hundred years after his birth, 150 years after the publication of his ORIGIN OF SPECIES, this thought-provoking, splendidly ilustrated account invites us into the private thoughts, hopes and fears of a soul who forever changed the way we see the world.

Review:

"Darwin and the natural world that fascinated him come into clear focus in this picture-book biography that pairs accessible text with handsome woodcut art. Tinted with watercolors, Caldecott Medalist Azarian's (Snowflake Bentley) illustrations convey the era in which Darwin lived and his devotion to his work (a humorous scene shows Darwin and his brother fleeing the shed where they conducted chemistry experiments, as green gas billows out). Especially compelling are Azarian's depictions of the young naturalist's five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle; he's seen excavating fossils and encountering rare species on the Galpagos Islands. McGinty (Thank You, World) includes excerpts from Darwin's correspondence and notebook entries, which illuminate his private concerns and self-questioning. The author also effectively incorporates Darwin's thoughts into her own writing; after the publication of The Origin of the Species, he 'braced himself for the worst. Would people say his work was not complete? Would they believe he was speaking out against the church?' These complementary narratives provide a solid portrait offering insight into Darwin's inner self as well as his accomplishments. Ages 6 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision. Mary Azarian received the 1999 Caldecott Medal for SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She lives, skis, and gardens in Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618995318
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Subject:
Naturalists
Illustrator:
Azarian, Mary
Author:
Alice B.
Author:
McGinty, Alice B.
Author:
Azarian, Mary
Author:
McGinty,
Subject:
England
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Religion - Biblical Studies
Subject:
General
Subject:
Darwin, Charles
Subject:
Naturalists - England
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 1 to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
11 x 7.5 in 0.94 lb
Age Level:
06-09

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Product details 48 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780618995318 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Darwin and the natural world that fascinated him come into clear focus in this picture-book biography that pairs accessible text with handsome woodcut art. Tinted with watercolors, Caldecott Medalist Azarian's (Snowflake Bentley) illustrations convey the era in which Darwin lived and his devotion to his work (a humorous scene shows Darwin and his brother fleeing the shed where they conducted chemistry experiments, as green gas billows out). Especially compelling are Azarian's depictions of the young naturalist's five-year voyage aboard the HMS Beagle; he's seen excavating fossils and encountering rare species on the Galpagos Islands. McGinty (Thank You, World) includes excerpts from Darwin's correspondence and notebook entries, which illuminate his private concerns and self-questioning. The author also effectively incorporates Darwin's thoughts into her own writing; after the publication of The Origin of the Species, he 'braced himself for the worst. Would people say his work was not complete? Would they believe he was speaking out against the church?' These complementary narratives provide a solid portrait offering insight into Darwin's inner self as well as his accomplishments. Ages 6 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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