Synopses & Reviews
Earth takes center stage in this updated version of Virginia Lee Burtonand#8217;s 1962 classic Life Story. Told through five acts, Burtonand#8217;s art and text tell the history of earth from beginning to present day. Readers will gain an in-depth understanding of the planetand#8217;s history and their leading roles in it today. The book has been updated with cutting-edge science, includingand#160;up-to-the-minute information on fossil records and the geologic principles.
"'Our sun is not the biggest star, nor is it the smallest, but to us it is the most important star of all.' Burton's 1962 exploration of the history of life on Earth, framed as a five-act play, returns in a newly updated edition that takes current scientific information into account (Pluto, for instance, is not among the planets shown orbiting the sun). Beginning with the birth of the Sun and continuing through the Earth's creation, the emergence and evolution of animal life, up to the changing seasons of the present, it's a lyrical and informative journey. Ages 8 12. These books hail from outside the U.S., but should be right at home with American readers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children's picture books, including MIKE MULLIGAN AND HIS STEAM SHOVEL and KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.