Mammals Who Morph: The Universe Tells Our Evolution Story: Book 3

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This remarkable evolution series, narrated by the Universe itself, concludes with Book 3, the amazing story of mammals. It picks up with the extinction of dinosaurs, and tells how tiny mammals survived and morphed into lots of new Earthlings . . . horses, whales and a kind of mammal with a powerful imagination-you. It's a story of chaos, creativity and heroes-the greatest adventure on Earth! And it's a personal story . . . about our bodies, our minds, our spirits. It's our ...
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Overview

This remarkable evolution series, narrated by the Universe itself, concludes with Book 3, the amazing story of mammals. It picks up with the extinction of dinosaurs, and tells how tiny mammals survived and morphed into lots of new Earthlings . . . horses, whales and a kind of mammal with a powerful imagination-you. It's a story of chaos, creativity and heroes-the greatest adventure on Earth! And it's a personal story . . . about our bodies, our minds, our spirits. It's our story.
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Children's Literature - Triss Robinson
This is the third book in Jennifer Morgan's series on evolution. This beautifully written book about mammals is done in such a way as to catch the reader's attention. There are headings in bold colorful print that break up the text on each page. This makes it much easier for young readers to understand the facts about a certain part of the mammal's evolution and not get lost in a sea of words. The book has a three-in-one presentation, which is so helpful to a reader trying to assimilate all the information. The beginning of the book is presented in a storytelling way, using unique artwork that adds to the beauty of the subject. The next part is a short summary of the text in a more simplified way, and the last part uses a more technical approach, taking the information and adding actual pictures and diagrams. The glossary at the back is always helpful to younger readers needing to understand the vocabulary. This book has something for all levels of readers wanting to learn about this interesting journey of the evolution of mammals.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This follow-up to The Big Bang (2002) and From Lava to Life (2003, both Dawn) is the last in a trilogy in which the personified universe presents the history of our cosmos in "letters" to an "Earthling." This one picks up at the dawn of the Age of Mammals and ends with present-day humans inhabiting a modern Earth. Enveloped in a New Age-ish aura, the chatty text ("Wow! Humans tamed fire!") is accompanied by frequently swirling art that may not reach the intended audience. While "evolution" is used in the subtitle and appears in the afterword for adults, it is never defined, not even in the glossary; nor are the terms "natural selection" or "morph." There are occasional lapses in accuracy ("Some day, their ancestors would be true hippos." Unh-uh. Descendants, please.) and manages to impart a good dollop of oversimplification as well. Creationists, who will be cranky in any case due to the proffered concepts, will not find God in the text, and pure scientists will balk at some of the statements ("-grass loved horses") and the unexplained gaps in known evolutionary trails. Satisfy young readers interested in evolution with titles such as Steve Jenkins's handsome Life on Earth (Houghton, 2002) or Lisa Westberg Peters's excellent Our Family Tree (Harcourt, 2003).-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584690856
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Sharing Nature with Children Book Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 507,417
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Truly Groundbreaking

    Morgan's book, Mammals Who Morph, is a first for children's literature. She teaches us the story of mammalian evolution through the eyes of the universe. This unprecedented point of view engages the reader on a very personal level. I just finished Mammals, and it left me very impressed. Though it's a children's book, Mammals had a lot to teach me, and the science concepts section in the back was particularly informative.

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