Charles Darwin and the Beagle Adventure [With Three Envelopes That Contain Loose Documents and Flaps]


Discover the plants, animals, and people Darwin encountered on his groundbreaking voyage aboard the BEAGLE. Packed with novelties, including extracts from Darwin’s diary and later works, CHARLES DARWIN AND THE BEAGLE ADVENTURE takes readers on an eyeopening exploration of our globe and uncovers the path that led to the cornerstone of natural history: the theory of evolution.

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Discover the plants, animals, and people Darwin encountered on his groundbreaking voyage aboard the BEAGLE. Packed with novelties, including extracts from Darwin’s diary and later works, CHARLES DARWIN AND THE BEAGLE ADVENTURE takes readers on an eyeopening exploration of our globe and uncovers the path that led to the cornerstone of natural history: the theory of evolution.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cynthia Grady
This handsome package gives the feel of an old scrapbook with its naturalist drawings, boxed excerpts of diary entries, photographs, and mini-biographies of the people in Darwin's world. It is also a book replete with flaps that lift and envelopes that open to reveal facsimiles of letters, more photographs, more sketches, and maps depicting Darwin's journey aboard the HMS Beagle. The straightforward but well-paced text briefly describes Darwin's dissatisfaction with medical school in Edinburgh (his father's chosen profession) and his switch to the study of geology at Cambridge University. From there, readers discover his yearning for travel, his need for his father's permission and funds to do so, and his subsequent invitation to join an expedition on a mission to survey South America. Darwin would be the ship's naturalist who would "collect and preserve as many different specimens . . . as he could . . . ." The book ends with a short summation of "evolution since Darwin" and the impact of Darwin's accomplished, careful thinking. This book is for browsing and dipping into but not necessarily for research. Picture credits abound, but the only textual reference states that Darwin's own writings are reproduced with permission. Reviewer: Cynthia Grady
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Here at last is a book of the highest quality to introduce young readers to the story of Charles Darwin, the man, the philosopher, and the scientist. The book was a joint effort by a team of writers and researchers who put it together in the format of a scrapbook. We are introduced to Charles Darwin's life through works of art, quoted materials, and brief bits of text. His was a family of scholars and scientists so at the urging of his physician father, he entered medical school but found himself more attracted to the study of geography and natural history and was, therefore, surprised and excited to be offered the opportunity to join a survey mission to South America aboard a re-fitted warship, The Beagle. His biggest problem was convincing his father to allow his twenty-two-year-old son to make the trip! Twenty-two pages of clippings, pictures, and text cover the trip, the crew, and the ship itself in great detail. The voyage took five years and provided the young Darwin many hours and even long days by himself on shore to observe vast numbers of diverse land and marine creatures, many of which he captured to preserve and study closely. He began to notice how similar many species were except in ways that made them able to survive in different geographical sites. He wrote volumes of material about all that he observed. The final page in the book describes his further study of the natural world and his secret notebook "in which he developed his ideas about evolution." He was urged to share his theory of evolution in 1858 at a scientific meeting which was followed in several years by his now-famous book, The Origin of the Species. Before his death in 1882 his ideas were beginningto be accepted and, as the book so eloquently concludes, "Indeed, instead of referring to his conclusions as Darwin's theory of evolution, perhaps it would be more accurate to call them Darwin's laws of evolution." Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Using a similar scrapbook format as the publisher's "ology" books, this is an engaging addition to the plethora of titles about Darwin that have come out on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Readers are immediately drawn into both the information on the man's life as well as his intriguing work observing the flora and fauna of the world, most notably in South America, where his theories on evolution first began to take seed. Detailed sidebars on topics such as hydrology, orchids, and beetles, while dry sounding, are actually quite fascinating. Excerpts from Darwin's own writings, as well as maps and drawings, lend substance to the book. Images are a combination of photographs, pencil drawings, color artwork, and diagrams, which add visual interest throughout. One drawback is that some of the fonts made to look like handwriting can be difficult to decipher, which may be a deterrent to some students. The handsome format will draw browsers, but the subject matter and the early look at evolutionary theory will hold readers. An excellent introduction to Darwin and his important work in the field of science.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763645380
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Historical Notebooks Series
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 1,018,338
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A.J. Wood, an author of children’s books for over twenty years, has written more than eighty titles, including a retelling of Aesop's THE LION AND THE MOUSE, which was nominated for a Carnegie Medal.

Clint Twist worked as a journalist and museum consultant before becoming a full-time author. He has written many books in the fields of science, nature, and history for readers of all ages as well as a number of articles in major reference works.

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