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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 Sis



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The tree of life chronicles the life and work of Charles Darwin.

I have read others of Peter Sis, and this measures up to the rest of them. It was wonderfully objective and illustrated with Sis's totally original drawings. This would be a great book to add to children's libraries for variety in perspective.

Since this book gave a lot of information about Darwin's work as a naturalist, aside from his theories about human natural selection, this would be a fantastic book to supplement older children's studies in biology possibly while making a catalog of tree leaves or bugs. I also think this book would be a good tool for students creating a time line of historical events in the 1800s.
  CallieHennessee | Jul 22, 2015 |
Illustrations: Pen and watercolor painting
Age Group: 3rd Grade and up
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  a.coote | Jun 5, 2015 |
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 |
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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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