What Darwin Saw: The Journey That Changed the World

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In 1831 a 22-year-old naturalist named Charles Darwin stepped aboard the HMS Beagle as a traveling companion of an equally youthful sea captain called Robert FitzRoy. The Beagle’s round-the-world surveying journey lasted five long years on the high seas. The young Darwin noticed everything, and proved himself an avid and detailed chronicler of daily events on the Beagle and onshore. What Darwin Saw takes young readers back to the pages of his journals as they travel alongside Darwin and read his lively and ...

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Overview

In 1831 a 22-year-old naturalist named Charles Darwin stepped aboard the HMS Beagle as a traveling companion of an equally youthful sea captain called Robert FitzRoy. The Beagle’s round-the-world surveying journey lasted five long years on the high seas. The young Darwin noticed everything, and proved himself an avid and detailed chronicler of daily events on the Beagle and onshore. What Darwin Saw takes young readers back to the pages of his journals as they travel alongside Darwin and read his lively and awestruck words about the wonders of the world.

We follow Darwin’s voyage, looking over his shoulder as he explores new lands, asks questions about the natural world, and draws groundbreaking conclusions. We walk in his footsteps, collecting animals and fossils, experiencing earthquakes and volcanoes, and meeting people of many cultures and languages. We examine his opinions on life in all its forms. We consider the thoughts of this remarkable scientist, who poured his observations and research into his expansive theories about life on Earth. In this exciting and educational account, Charles Darwin comes alive as an inspirational model for kids who think and question the world around them.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lucy Schall
In a motivating and thought-provoking format that combines whimsical illustration, original quotations, and engaging narrative, Schanzer draws on scholarship and personal experience to chronicle the four-year-plus around-the-world journey that inspired Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Centering on Darwin's diary written during the voyage of the Beagle, the narrative begins in the London, England, of 1831, briefly focuses on Darwin's introduction to the sea and then emphasizes the highlights of his physical and intellectual travels through the South American rain forest, coast, and plains; Galapagos; Tahiti; New Zealand and Australia; and the Indian Ocean. Throughout his tour, Darwin notes the gradual and radical changes produced by animals, plants, natural disaster, and humans. Returning to England, he classifies his specimens and writes about his adventures and discoveries. He delays publicly sharing his evolution theory until another scientist almost scoops him. Then, despite controversy, he publishes The Origin of the Species and becomes part of history. A map marked with pertinent page numbers concludes the text and clarifies the journey's narrative. A bibliography, including Web sites, provides the reader with opportunities for further inquiry. The book's illustrations will appeal most to middle readers, but the text and picture combinations present complicated concepts in clear and simple terms that can involve both recreational and serious readers from middle school to high school. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This is a wonderful book! When Charles Darwin left on the Beagle, he did not stop communicating. His letters, his sketches, his diary, his autobiography all tell not only what he saw, but his enthusiasm for the trip. Schanzer paints exuberant and accurate images of the animals that Darwin saw. She also quotes Darwin's journals and letters, letting Darwin tell us about the journey. Schanzer's own voice comes through only as a narrator. This powerful storytelling brings us to the South America that Darwin saw, including his stay on the famous Galapagos Islands. "The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by disgusting clumsy Lizards. They are hideous creatures that live on sea weed." It is difficult to maintain the image of a standoffish, dignified scientist when Darwin speaks of clumsy lizards. Darwin was there. He rode the tortoises. He fell out of his hammock. He joked with the crew. He immersed himself in the tour. Back in England, Darwin starts to make sense of his observations. Schanzer's drawings and writing make quick explanations of his discoveries including evolution, which Darwin compares to an ancient tree. The book includes several maps, an index, an author's note, a list of sources, and a bibliography. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Among the new picture books about Darwin being published for his bicentennial birthday, this one stands up well. On the cover, a wide-eyed, handsome Charley Darwin peers through lush greenery at the top, and an equally wide-eyed and handsome monkey ignores him at the bottom. Inside, Schanzer uses Darwin's own words, taken from his journals, books, and letters, in the speech balloons of her graphic depiction of the voyage of the Beagle . This is not a full biography, but begins with Darwin's acceptance of the offer to sail on the expedition and ends with the presentation of his theory of evolution in 1860. Bright, watercolor cartoons accurately portray landscapes and specimens while also creating a vivid sense of adventure. Schanzer's dedication is to her rabbi grandfather, who served as an advisor to Clarence Darrow at the Scopes trial, but in this book for young children, the controversies that surround Darwin's theory are not presented. Similar to Kathryn Lasky's One Beetle Too Many (Candlewick), this title pairs up nicely with Alice McGinty's Darwin (Houghton, both 2009) to give young readers a picture of the man and his adventures.-Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426303975
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalyn Schanzer is the award-winning author and illustrator of 15 books for young readers, including John Smith Escapes Again! and How We Crossed the West. She lives in Virginia.

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