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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover, 24 Nov 2008
This review is from: The Tree of Life: The Wonders of Evolution (Paperback)
I've been looking for a good book on evolution for my children, and there seems to be a dearth of them. The colours and the concept on the cover of this book attracted me to 'The Tree of Life'. But if you expect the interior to reflect the admittedly glorious cover, then be prepared: the illustrations are monochrome, in a kind of purple-grey. What a disappointment. But that is just the start:

The text is repetitive, obscure and ill suited to the age group (4years and up)
The illustrations are tedious, and at one point introduce highly evolved mammals (e.g. wolves and man) before going back to the age of the Dinosaurs on the following pages.
(And alright, this might be a niggle), the first image of Earth after its formation has the continents recognisably in their current configuration. Okay, I admit it, I'm a geologist. But these things are important!

In the absence of much else, you could do better than buy this book to use as a colouring-in exercise, but beyond that my (usually attentive) four year old lost interest in minutes.
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