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What Mr Darwin Saw [Paperback]

Mick Manning , Brita Granström
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1 April 2010
In 1831, at only 22 years old, Darwin was offered the position of Naturalist on HMS Beagle's world voyage.

He was set to become a clergyman but returns after five years at sea an inspired genius.

This book follows the journey of HMS Beagle, showing life on-board the ship for Darwin, the captain, crew and the expedition's artist. The reader sees Darwin discovering and observing insect life in Brazil, fossils in Argentina , earthquakes in Chile and turtles in the Galapagos Islands. The reader is therefore able to follow the steps which led to Darwin's inspired theory of evolution, while also showing the adventures and escapades he had during the voyage.

A fascinating and colourful story of Darwin's life, this book also introduces young readers to one of the world's most important scientists and his discoveries. It concludes with a simple explanation of the theory of evolution. Written by an outstanding team in the field of children's non-fiction, this is a book to enlighten and inspire young readers.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847801072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847801074
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 27.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The inviting illustrations and manageable blocks of text will attract a wide range of readers. (Carousel)

A beautiful gift for any KS2 child who is curious about natural history. Because of the careful balancing of differing points of view, the book could also be effectively used to introduce the work of Darwin to a KS2 class as part of a science curriculum. (English 4-11)

Book of the Month: Cleverly mixes cartoon style graphics with factual text. (Green Parent)

Well-illustrated, a collection of scenes that you can imagine Darwin recalling in later life. In fact, you can almost see it as what the contents of Darwin's photoalbum would have been like had his life been recorded in photographs… This is a book that will work superbly well as a teaching aid. (Popular Science)

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize: The story offers insight into his amazing understanding of evolution developed through a life in contact with nature - and in doing so leaves a feeling that we, too, might conceive of grand things someday. (Science)

A clever book that captured my and the kids' imagination. Mich Manning and Brita Granström should be congratulated. (Times)

About the Author

Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granström.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Heroto Seven Stories, the centre for children's books

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Brita Granström grew up on a Swedish farm and has an MFA in Fine Art from Konstfack, Stockholm. She and Mick Manning live in the Scottish Borders have four sons. Their first book together, The World is Full of Babies won the Smarties Silver Award in 1996 and their second book, What's Under the Bed? took the TES Junior Information Book Award in 1997. Yum Yum and How Did I Begin? were 2 of the 6 children's books shortlisted for the Rhone Poulene Prize in 1998. Science School made the shortlist in the following year. In 2000, Wash, Scrub, Brush! won the English Association's non-fiction award for the best picture book, with Let's Party making the shortlist in 2001. Brita won both Parenting Magazine's Book of the Year and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2000 with her illustrations for Judy Hindley's Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes.

To visit the website of Brita Granström and Mick Manning click here

To read an interview with Mick Manning and Brita Granström click here<

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What kids need to know 29 Sep 2010
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Explaining some of Darwin's discoveries to children is quite a challenge, but this book beautifully conveys what kids need to know. There is plenty of information, absorbing illustrations and the little touches of humour which really help. The text doesn't get bogged down in detail, but there's an honest, realistic approach from the beginning - kids can read some of Darwin's own words but are helped to think about 'what was it like for Darwin, what did he feel and see and how did he think?' My family enjoyed sharing young Darwin's feelings as a medical student around a gory operating table, the thrill of his big sea adventure, his confusion and sense of wonder around the world. Highly recommended for inquisitive kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 1 May 2011
By jlc108
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After my 4 year old daughter came home and told me that they were being taught creation at school, I thought that I had better address the balance and get some books on evolution. This one has good pictures and a good story!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a (Dar)winner! 4 Sep 2009
I had been looking for a book about Darwin for my five year old daughter.

I wanted one that was fun but informative; that looked good but included all the information she needed to know; that had great illustrations and could condense a whole life's work into one short (preferably picture) book.

I was beginning to give up the hunt when I came across this great book. It does EVERYTHING I wanted and really is everything you could want from a picture book about Darwin!

The age range stated is 6-9 but my five year old loved it and reading the book has lead us to explore more on the subject.

Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting 6 Feb 2010
By Lesley
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I had already bought 'We're sailing to Galapagos' and thought it would be interesting to read about Darwin with my class of 6-7 year olds. Whoops. It's rather old for them and isn't suitable at all. However, it would be very interesting for older children ie 10+, as it is quite lengthy and gory, in places. The format is interesting, as it uses speech bubbles and implies that Darwin is writing himself, as he travels around the world.
Recommended for 10+ as a good way in to Darwin.
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