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From Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story

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Once upon a time" meets science in a children's picture book that tells the thrilling story of how life began on Earth. The second in a trilogy of Universe stories - the first being "Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story"-- this book picks up the story with the first appearance of life on Earth. It's a thrilling story about how Earth triumphs over crisis to become bacteria, jellyfish, flowers . . . even dinosaurs!

The author, Jennifer Morgan, studied evolutionary...

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Overview

Once upon a time" meets science in a children's picture book that tells the thrilling story of how life began on Earth. The second in a trilogy of Universe stories - the first being "Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story"-- this book picks up the story with the first appearance of life on Earth. It's a thrilling story about how Earth triumphs over crisis to become bacteria, jellyfish, flowers . . . even dinosaurs!

The author, Jennifer Morgan, studied evolutionary science and saw its storytelling possibilities when she explained it to her elementary-age son. Coupled with brilliant artwork by Dana Anderson, who also studied Cosmology, these books will intrigue children and adults alike with their storytelling style and colorful pages.

A history of the Earth, from its formation through the appearance of mammals and the extinction of dinosaurs, in the form of a story told by the Universe itself to an Earthling.

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The story of Earth begins here where the author's Born With a Bang left off, as our "disk of dust" spins and is bombarded by meteors. The tale is told by the Universe itself, which lyrically describes the earth as "most imaginative," but also uses technical terms. The narrative continues, describing the changes in the earth as bacteria develop and struggle; then oxygen begins to poison them, mitochondria survive inside eukaryotes, and other forms of life begin to emerge. Dinosaurs develop, then die out. Mammals are taking over as this chapter of life ends and another is about to begin. The lyricism of the text is accompanied by Andersen's full-page paintings that supply suggestions of the evolutionary process in emotionally charged scenes. There is a sense of a primal force to her imaginative interpretations of the life forms. Although not scientifically accurate renderings, for the purposes of this overview they serve well to stimulate curiosity and a sense of wonder. Large type, with the major points set even larger and in color, makes the reading more appealing. A few photos are also used. A visual time line across the tops of the pages helps the reader trace the passage of time. For the older and/or more interested student, three pages of more details in time order, a glossary, a list of resources, and added notes add a wealth of further information. 2003, Dawn Publications,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584690429
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: A Sharing Nature with Children Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 181,189
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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