Darwin books for kids – focus too much on voyage instead of Down?

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Historian of science Katherine Pandora has a great post at petri dish on books about Darwin for kids:

The overwhelming number of recently-published children’s picture books about Charles Darwin — across a diversity of publishers and authors — choose to feature his voyage aboard the Beagle, leading to a remarkable sameness in approach, in thematic choices, and in the texts themselves (particularly as they liberally feature Darwin’s own words, from his journals and his published account of the voyage), even if as a species they offer a pleasing morphology of illustrative styles. As I wrote previously, when going through the books as I was putting together “home school” lessons on evolution for my 7- going-on-8-year-old daughter, the repetitive focus on “Darwin before evolution” that occurs by devoting the bulk of each book to the voyage seemed to me to leave discussions of the hard work of arriving at explanations for the transformation of life over time as a let-down, for that history was rarely able to compete with the descriptive and visual thrills provided by sailing the globe and collecting curiosities — which disappointed me.

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