Story of Life on Earth

Story of Life on Earth

by Margaret Munro, Karen Reczuch
     
 

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This handsomely illustrated picture book simply and clearly chronicles the story of life from its beginnings to the arrival of humans. Focusing on familiar life forms - protozoa, plants, fish, dinosaurs, early mammals, and humans - it incorporates recent findings and imparts a feel for the duration of each time period in the history of earth.

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This handsomely illustrated picture book simply and clearly chronicles the story of life from its beginnings to the arrival of humans. Focusing on familiar life forms - protozoa, plants, fish, dinosaurs, early mammals, and humans - it incorporates recent findings and imparts a feel for the duration of each time period in the history of earth.

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This book describes the evolution of life on earth in a picture book format. The beautifully illustrated informational text is in story form—the biography of the earth from the beginning to present day. 2000, Groundwood Books, $19.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: M. Thomas SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Children's Literature
This book was inspired by two teachers who needed a concise story of evolution to go with a kit they had in their school. Munro, a science writer for the National Post newspaper, gleaned information from interviews and other readings that she found. The book presents only one version of evolution and presents it is such a way that it all appears to be known fact. The tone used in the book would lead children away from questioning and searching rather than toward a healthy query about the fascinating ideas behind the creation of Earth. The illustrations are colorful, yet, for the most part, unrealistic. The two-page illustration that accompanies the text about early humans appears to represent the stereotypical image of Native Americans dressed in sewn animal skins. Children would probably be drawn to the book, but unless a library has a broad collection of works that depicts various theories about evolution, this one would not be "the one to buy." 2000, Groundwood Books, Ages 8 to 12, $19.95. Reviewer: Jenny B. Petty
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Using full-color, realistically rendered double-page spreads, this title successfully depicts the Earth's formation and transformation over the past 4.6 billion years, and the evolving of life-forms up to the present day. The accompanying text appears in superimposed block inserts, placed differently in each spread. In trying to include so much information in a brief format, concepts are necessarily introduced but not explored, and the pace leaves readers a bit breathless. Munro's unembellished, economical text is suitable for reading aloud. The writing has a pleasing cadence, and is almost lyrical at times. The bold pastel paintings offer dramatic vistas, geological formations, and a diverse array of land and marine plants and animals. There is no index, but the final spread and the endpapers provide a time line and a guide to the different eras. Like an overture to a play, this story will leave readers ready to look elsewhere to flesh out the details.-Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888994011
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
08/01/1900
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.31(w) x 11.55(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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