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Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution
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Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

Tells the story of how Charles Darwin developed his controversial theory of evolution based on the research he conducted during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. Written in graphic-novel format.

Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelGN670L
ATOS Level4.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #116314
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Page Count32
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

"Charles Darwin was fortunate enough to be born into a wealthy family. He didn’t want for anything and was able to spend plenty of time pursuing his own interests. His greatest pleasure was to study the world of nature. He was fascinated by plants and insects and he did not care when other people laughed at him for having such an odd hobby. Though Charles’ father was not in favor of his interest in zoology and botany, Charles refused to give up his studies. At Cambridge he was supposed to be studying medicine – his father wanted him to become a doctor – but Charles kept on doing what he could to learn about the natural world. A naturalist and professor, George Henslow, was very supportive of what Charles wanted to do and arranged for Charles to be chosen to go on a scientific expedition around the world. It took some work to persuade Charles’ father to agree to the plan, but in the end he decided to let Charles travel on the HMS Beagle. The Beagle’s journey would last five years and during this time Charles had to get used to living in very confined spaces, being sea sick, and many other trials. The ship stopped in all kinds of places and in each place Charles collected biological specimens, made drawings, and took notes. His findings on the island of Galapagos were particularly interesting and when he got back to England he began to wonder about what he had seen. After talking with other men in his field Charles began to write down what he had discovered and in his writings he put forward the idea that animals had evolved over time, changing over many years so that they would be better suited to their environment. He expanded his theory to suggest that “natural selection” was the driving force behind the changes of “evolution.” Darwin’s theory and the book that he wrote about it caused a big upheaval in the scientific community of his time. It also infuriated men in the clergy and religious people who insisted that God had created all the animals in the world as they are seen today. They felt that the theory of evolution threatened the creation story. For the rest of his life Darwin worked on trying to find more evidence for his theory. This book will give young readers an excellent introduction to the work and life of Charles Darwin. They will get a real sense of how important his work was, and how much it has affected the study of the natural world since Darwin’s time. This book’s comic book style format will especially appeal to readers who prefer illustration rich titles. This is one of the titles in the “Graphic Library” series." - Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

February 1, 2008

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Kathie M. Josephs

"Even though the idea of evolution was discussed and thought about for many centuries, Charles Darwin is the man given credit for the Theory of Evolution because of his how-and-why information about the formation of species. When he was asked to travel around the world to gather scientific information, he ultimately drew pictures of a variety of birds that he later learned were all finches. That got him wondering if the finches were all created differently from the beginning. Because of his Theory of Evolution, a great debate took place in 1860 with basically the same outcome we have format, a favorite of mine. It makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers who today: The Evolution Theory vs. the Biblical theory. This book is written in graphic never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and the fast-paced text. The full color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The end of the book includes suggestions for writing prompts, discussion questions, and a mini biography about the author and illustrator. The author includes a "Glossary" with a pronunciation guide and a list of other books and web sites that might be of interest to the reader. These web sites are particularly helpful as they provide step-by-step instructions for using Facthound. I do recommend this book." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

February 1, 2009

School Library Journal - Ellen Heath

"Readers will find “Darwin lite” in this brief biography. From the cover showing the naturalist writing in his notebook while riding on the back of a tortoise to the page on his famous popping of a beetle into his mouth, this book is designed to entice reluctant readers to consider the man and his theory. Ellen Heath, Coordinator of Youth Services at Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA" - School Library Journal

March 1, 2009