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From Lava to Life: Book Two: The Universe tells our Earth Story: 2 [Paperback]

Jennifer Morgan , Dana Lynne Anderson
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9 Oct 2003 From Lava to Life (Book 2)
The second title in the trilogy of books telling the tempestuous story of the creation of the Earth and the emergence of life. In Book 1 we learned about the Big Bang and the formation of the universe. In this second volume the universe tells us the thrilling story of the Earth. It's a story about the beginning of life and how the life on Earth triumphs over crisis to become bacteria. jellyfish. flowers dinosaurs! It's a science story that is the story of the living earth and the unbroken chain that connects you to the very first life that began to twitch in the sea four billion years ago. The story will captivate children about life on our Earth before there were any children at all. Ages 6-9 Book 1: Born With a Bang Book 2: From Lava to Life Book 3: Mammals Who Morph

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  • Paperback: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications; 1 edition (9 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584690429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584690429
  • Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 24.8 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives children the 'other' option 23 May 2011
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I bought this to answer questions from my 5 year old about the teachings at school, which focus on creationist beliefs. Without prejudicing either option I explained this side to her and she was thrilled. Bought the full collection and she frequently refers to the content. Adult involvement is required for reading at her age, but I would think in a year or two she would be fully capable of self-reading these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 27 Aug 2011
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The item arrived in time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate science for children and adults! 9 Dec 2006
By Kristen M. - Published on Amazon.com
As a scientist who works on early evolution I was looking for a book for my 7 year old cousin who is fascinated by science that would counterbalance the creationism he is getting in Sunday school. I purchased this book after reading reviews but was skeptical that it would be accurate. I was beyond thrilled while reading through it! Jennifer Morgan does an excellent job of taking the origin of life, evolution of eukaryotes, prokaryotes and metazoans, the oxygen crisis, migration from sea to land and mass extinctions and making it understandable to children (and lay adults!)

I found no true errors in the science, only things that I wish were expanded on such as calling the "mounds of bacteria" what they are, stromatolites (though I may be biased as I work on these and other similar structures!)

Evolution is never mentioned by name though she does a wonderful job of saying that certain animals are "your ancestors" and, for example, how dinosaurs evolved into what are ancestors to modern birds.

I honestly believe that not only should every child be reading this book and that it would be an excellent addition to grade school science curriculum, but that every adult in the United States should read this as well. I had several adult friends and family members read it and they said they finally understood certain concepts that I work on and have tried to explain to them in the past. One friend actually said "oh so that is the difference between a eukaryote and a prokaryote!" I'm going to purchase a second copy to keep for myself to help explain the origins of life and early evolution to others.

I look forward to purchasing the other two books in this series and highly recommend this book to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where did I come from? 18 Mar 2003
By Rebecca Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Told as if the Universe has patted her lap & invited to you up for grand story, she takes you back into a time before time, when the Earth was formed, long, long before you or I were motes in the storm. Long before dinosaurs were born & flowers grew.
Told in a confidential, amusing & lyrical turn of phrase, FROM LAVA TO LIFE spills the beans on how life began here from microscopic cells in a churning brew of chemicals as our raw orb rolled around the heavens.
Fascinating images! Dana Lynn Andersen captures our imagination with her broad strokes of things bigger & smaller than one pair of eyes can see. Jennifer Morgan's sense of humor is both reverential & irreverent, charming & instructive.
If you are stumped when your kids ask the oldest of questions: "Where did I come from?" Then FROM LAVA TO LIFE & its prequel BORN WITH A BANG are for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vividly illustrated in striking color 10 Mar 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
From Lava To Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story by storyteller, educator, and environmental advocate Jennifer Morgan is the second volume in an amazing summary series for readers ages 8 through 12 of what science can tell us about how the Earth came to be, and how life arose upon and in it. Vividly illustrated in striking color by Dana Lynne Andersen, From Lava To Life is a most fascinating introduction to science for young readers, beginning with the formation of the earth and concluding with the age of the dinosaur. From Lava To Life is also available in hardcover. Also very highly recommended for young readers is the first volume covering the birth the universe and the development of the solar system, Born With A Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story: Book 1.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good science mixed with gobbledygook. 19 Jan 2012
By Amy Ray - Published on Amazon.com
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While the science in this book may be sound, the way it is presented made me decide not to show it to my 9 year old daughter for whom I had purchased it. I didn't know that I ought to take the sub-title seriously. "The Universe Tells Our Earth Story" means that the authorial voice is actually that of the universe (ie, God). Here's a sample from page 7: "Earth was one of my most imaginative young planets. Her dreams were packed with worms and wolves, daffodils and dinos, raccoons and baboons, peach trees and palm trees, caves and castles. Would Earth become all those things in her dreams? I wondered too..." Her "dreams"? The author anthropomorphizes the universe and earth, assigning earth a female gender and imagining "her" to have dreams. That's science? And when the author writes "How i loved your special planet." she gives a personality to the universe that implies intention and design. "Intelligent Design" is the latest branding for religious dogma masked as science; this book, perhaps inadvertently, supports that point of view. From the reviews I read that lead me to purchase the book, I got the impression that the author would present the story of earths evolution based purely on science, rather than imposing a creation myth. It's disappointing that she muddies her science with gratuitous poetic license. I prefer my science straight.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much intelligent design 11 Oct 2008
By S. Forsman - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book as it was recommended in my teacher's manual for fourth grade science. Having the "universe" making decisions and thinking smacks of intelligent design and undermines the basic theories of evolution and natural selection that we are preparing our students to understand in the upper grades. I will not use this book in my classroom.
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