Darwin and Evolution for Kids: With 21 Activities: His Life and Ideas Paperback – 1 Oct 2003
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"A thorough introduction to the life and work of this naturalist and thinker." -- School Library Journal
"Both children and curious adults will attain a clear understanding of Darwins grand idea and how it changed science forever." -- Discover Magazine
"Hands-on activities encourage budding scientists." -- Publishers Weekly
"If youre looking for the real scoop on the Wright brothers, park yourself on the couch with this book." -- YES Mag
"Offers plenty of activities to help you understand the principles of flight and have some fun along the way." -- Detroit Free Press
"This book is chock full of activities that help you understand pitch, roll, yaw, propellers, and even Morse code." -- Concord Monitor
"Very readable and interesting biography." -- Science and Children
Selected by Science Friday as one of the best science books of 2003. -- NPRs Science Friday
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There is one illustration in the book which I had not seen before which shows the foetal stage of lots of living thinks from humans to birds and it is amazing how they are all almost identical
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We can be certain the author is not a scientist, for she fails to address a very important basis for all scientific theories. In our culture the word "theory" means "idea." However, in science, a theory is not an idea at all. In scientific research, for an hypothesis to reach designation as a theory, it must undergo rigorous, multi-step tests that prove many facts to be true. All "theories" in science have been tested to prove hundreds and even thousands of supportive facts. Gravitational Theory is not an "idea." Rather, we know it to be true. Evolution has thousands of supportive facts that no scientist has been able to disprove over the course of 150 years.
The book does not explain modern genetics' entire basis in Evolution. You cannot understand genetics without accepting Darwin's theory of evolution. There are no descriptions of inheritance, mutation, or the types of selection. Without these fundamentals, a book about evolution (even geared toward kids) is inadequate.
A better choice for your kids is probably here: by Daniel Loxton (Author, Illustrator)Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be
Also, there are some amazing NOVA programs available:
NOVA - Origins
The following is actually a documentary on the Dover School Board controversy. It is very thorough in its explanation of how/why Intelligent Design is not science and how the idea of irreducible complexity fails in scientific testing. This is explained through the details of testimony from the 2005 Supreme Court hearings. Judgment Day - Intelligent Design on Trial
Darwin and Evolution for Kids may still be a great choice for you. This selection is appropriate for religious parents and homeschoolers who want their children to remain in the dark (or at least in the shadows) and see Darwin as "What a strange man!" and the man who "married his cousin." Much of the wording has no place in a book on science, and does not help children make a truly educated analysis. One of the other reviews is very helpful in pointing out the book's inaccuracies.
Whether you embrace Evolution or not, I wish your child only the BEST in his or her science education!
I'm have a minor in biology, so was familiar with Darwin and his theories, but never read anything by him or knew in detail anything about his life. I started flipping through the book and was instantly hooked. I read it in two sittings and must say it is well written entertaining and filled in many gaps in my knowledge of Darwin, his life, and the impact he had on the world.
Some things which intrigued me:
1. He was a miserable student in college
2. He wrote many books on many subjects
3. He spent 8 years studying and writing about barnacles!
4. He wrote the first book on carnivorous plants.
5. His last and most popular book was on the lowly earthworm, which European gardeners snapped up!
6. Finally, he was a very shy and timid man who hated publicity and would not debate his ideas in public.
This is a great read for anyone who knows a little about Darwin, but does not have a complete picture of who he was. A pure pleasure of a read!
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