Kid’s books about evolution are not in short supply. However, some are better than others, such as Catherine Barr and Steve Williams’ new book The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution (London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2015, 40 pp.).
Geared toward younger elementary students, The Story of Life takes readers from a lifeless Earth billions of years ago to the present planet full of life, noting that humans are taking a toll on the rest of the Earth’s biological diversity. This story is told through the use of easy-to-understand language, whimsical illustrations by Amy Husband, and a little humor with animal quote bubbles (they have important information to share, too!).
Readers will learn, through text and art, about the possible origin of life, the first animals, habitats, how animal life moved onto land, extinction, the rise of the dinosaurs, natural selection, the evolution of flowers, the rise of mammals, and the evolution of humans from primate ancestors in Africa and further migration across the globe. That’s a lot of evolution to cover in 40 pages, but the authors (both with backgrounds in biology) do so in a simple, accessible manner that children and their fellow adult readers will enjoy. A glossary of terms is included at the end, and each page includes a bar at the bottom left showing when in time the events are happening. The book also had a scientific consultant from the Natural History Museum in London to check for accuracy.
I’ll be requesting that my local library order this book!
And the authors have a Facebook page for the book, too.