Children's LiteratureThis is the first of four volumes in the series called "Early Humans." The introduction explains to the reader what the earth was like two to three millions years ago. Enlargements of skulls, maps and artifact accompany the text for a better understanding. Also included is a chart that shows the succession of the evolution line. By using both solid and dotted lines, the author was able to separate items that scientists have come to a consensus on and items that are still being explored for connections. The remainder of the book is about an imaginary day in Watu's life. The reader follows Watu starting from early morning when he and other men go in search of food, to the evening when the men sit in council. Watu ends his day looking at the stars and wondering about his own existence. This book is displayed beautifully with each page holding pictures, illustrations, and facts about each. An excellent glossary is provided at the end of the book that also contains illustrations. This is an exceptional starter book to explain part of the concept of evolution. The author has put much effort into making this a "user friendly" book. It is truly a beautiful book and one that will be looked at often. Once you own this first in the series, you will have to buy the next three. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 12 up.
Kathie M. Josephs