A non-fiction book for children
Children's LiteratureBaily and Lily provide a new and simple look at early evolution. Beginning with simple one-celled organisms and continuing on to sponges to the first fish and to the very earliest amphibians and reptiles, Lily provides a comic book look at each type of life form. The text that Baily provides is concise, yet gives a complete and entertaining look at early life. Baily gives a thorough explanation of where fossils come from as a way of explaining how we know what early creatures looked like, and also explains the environmental effects that produced different life forms. The illustrations add character into an otherwise textbook discussion of early life forms. Also provided is a chart cataloging the different eras covered in the book, a brief introduction to Darwin's On the Origin of Species, a glossary and an index. This book is one of a set that chronicles the origins of the Earth and life on Earth. 2001, Two's Company, $16.95. Ages 7 to 12. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6-With slang expressions and onomatopoeia such as "yep," "phew," "splat," "whoosh," "woweee," and "yoo-hoo" throughout, these humorous presentations will lose readers who hate personifications and comic-book art, but will engage those who find science too dry and perfunctory. Cartoon fans will fall for these over-the-edge presentations and find themselves understanding the basic concepts. Dialogue balloons, fact boxes, and paragraphs of text share space with several illustrations per page, offering information in bites rather than straight narration. Well-organized, The Birth of the Earth transitions well to The Dawn of Life.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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