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The tree of life : a book depicting the life of Charles Darwin,… (edition 2003)

by Peter Sís

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Title:The tree of life : a book depicting the life of Charles Darwin, naturalist, geologist & thinker
Authors:Peter Sís
Info:New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003.
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:children's nonfiction, picture book, science, memoir

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The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin by Peter Sís



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Gorgeous, like all Peter Sis books. Fascinating subject matter in a unique treatment. But, much easier to browse through or read independently than to read aloud. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
The material for the book is drawn from Darwin's letters, his autobiography, and the first edition of On the Origin of Species, so the research is sound. It is the presentation that I had trouble with, ironically enough. Although the topic was interesting and the drawings had potential, Sís tried to pack so much into 37 pages that the type and the illustrations are very small. One spread is comprised of 32 rectangular squares, each one designed as a page. To be honest, I thought this one disappointing after reading some of his other books.
  labfs39 | Dec 20, 2012 |
I found the book to be very informational and interesting. This book can be very confusing at times which make make it difficult for young children to understand and follow. However, the illustrations are absolutely incredible. ( )
  lmhudson | Nov 18, 2012 |
This is a very cool book that uses both written text and visual images and diagrams with captions to tell the story of Charles Darwin's life and his contributions to science. The use of images that appear to be from his time is a very unique way to present information. This text could be used in upper elementary and middle school grades and would be a great contribution to the classroom. ( )
  ccostakis | Nov 13, 2012 |
A lovely picture book that is a surprisingly detailed biography of Charles Darwin from his childhood up to the last major work he did (on earthworms). It especially covers the voyage of the Beagle and how he came to formulate the ideas in On the Origin of Species. While I prefer Starry Messenger by the same author, all of his books are worth a look. This would be a good introduction to Darwin for older children.
  hailelib | Oct 29, 2012 |
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Here is a fascinating, detailed look at the life of Charles Darwin: naturalist, geologist, and independent thinker. In his author's note, Caldecott Honor illustrator Peter Sis (Starry Messenger, Tibet: Through the Red Box) writes that Darwin always regretted not learning how to draw. However, he could and did take "dense and vivid" written notes, from which Sis drew his inspiration. Readers will spend hours poring over the gorgeous, intricately crafted pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depicting layer upon layer of Darwin’s life as he developed his theories about the origins of life and natural selection. Tidbits from Darwin’s extensive and legendary voyage on the Beagle, notes on Galapagos tortoises, bloodsucking benchuca bugs, and Toxodon skeletons, and particulars from his family life intermingle with each other--just as in real life. Crammed with a veritable muddle of diary entries, cameo portraits, diagrams, natural illustrations, maps, timelines, a gatefold spread, and narrative divided into "Public Life," "Private Life," and "Secret Life" blocks of text, The Tree of Life will certainly be overwhelming to some readers; for other, less linear thinkers, it will be sheer, chaotic delight. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Presents the life of the famous nineteenth-century naturalist using text from Darwin's writings and detailed drawings by Sis.

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