Animals Charles Darwin Saw: An Around-the-World Adventure

Animals Charles Darwin Saw:  An Around-the-World Adventure
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January 28, 2009
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A continuation of the Explorers series by award-winning author Sandra Markle, Animals Charles Darwin Saw features the many distinct creatures Darwin encountered during his worldwide voyage as a ship's naturalist. Readers will learn how the animals Darwin studied have had a dramatic effect on life today.

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Reader reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, The Original H.I.R. (Historical Investigative Reporter)

Do you have a budding scientist or explorer in your home or your classroom?  If so, you may want to add Animals Charles Darwin Saw:  An Around-the-World Adventure, to your list of must-have childrens books.

Written by author Sandra Markle, Animals Charles Darwin Saw is best described as part biography, part science book.  The book follows the life of explorer Charles Darwin from his birth in 1809, through his life-long obsession with exploring, until the day he died in 1882.  Along the way, it uses the colorful illustrations of artist Zina Saunders to depict the long list of animals and insects Darwin encountered as he made a name for himself as a world explorer.

From the bombardier beetle to the pink flamingo, this book uses a hands-on approach to show how Darwin gathered information about the things he encountered, how he recorded his thoughts, and how he shared his conclusions with the rest of the world.

In short, Animals Charles Darwin Saw is a great book for children, but please note that it is not the typical picture book.  This detailed version of Darwins life story and the useful glossary of important words at the end of the book make the manuscript quite lengthy, and perhaps too academic for the very young reader.

Still a great book to add to your childs library.

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