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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556525028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556525025
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Darwin’s grand idea and how it changed science forever." -- Discover Magazine

"Hands-on activities encourage budding scientists." -- Publishers Weekly

"If you’re 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. -- NPR’s Science Friday


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Really interesting for an adult, but I bought it for use in the classroom and it was a bit dry for that. The activities weren't exactly practical either. Buy Robert Winston's Evolution book instead- much better.
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I bought this book this for my 9 year old son. There is no early age for teaching Darwin to young minds...This is a book that does that perfectly.
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I brought this for my children and we have sat and read it a few times. I was hoping that the 21 activities would be interesting for them, but they are not really things that kids can do easily. the text is quite sophisticated and there is a lot of it. We have looked at , and talked about the pictures which is nice, but I don't think this is the intention of the book.

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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Good book. As described.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x974375ac) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
106 of 111 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96ef2450) out of 5 stars Smacks of Religious Bias 4 Jun. 2010
By Christina Pearl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book to give your child a foundation in evolution for future science study, there are better options available. I caution any fellow parents against this book.

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!
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9523c4e0) out of 5 stars Explore Darwin With Your Kids 7 Sept. 2005
By Joseph Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a pleasure to read with our 8yr old son. We haven't completed it as of yet, but it's one of our favorites. The activies are fun for the whole family to take part in. We are a homeschooling family and wanted our son to learn about evolution, and this book does it.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95240264) out of 5 stars A fantastic read (and I'm 44 years old!) 1 July 2006
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I confess that at the age of 44 I read and was spellbound by Kristan Lawson's book. My wife a museum educator came home with this book. She said, "Look at this book I ordered; what do you think?"

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!
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95240630) out of 5 stars Interesting and Understandable 29 Dec. 2005
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book at the Darwin Exhibit at the American Natural History Museum in New York. It really tells three stories: the life of Charles Darwin, the state of science in his lifetime and all the scientists who were formulating supporting evidence, and the theory of evolution. It treats the subject of religion respectfully, but makes clear the difference between religious faith and science theory. I plan to give it to our elementary and middle school libraries. Every library should have one.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95240714) out of 5 stars Darwin - the world explained - outstandig SCIENCE 13 May 2007
By rational thinker - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding book for children, and adults as well. This wonderfully laid out science book, succinctly addresses the "when, where, why, and how" life on this planet began. By encouraging readers to define the difference between theories and beliefs, facts and opinions, "Darwin and Evolution for Kids" addresses religiously inspired debates with fact and eloquently and tells the story of evolution.
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