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The Story of Life: A First Book about Evolution Hardcover – 5 Mar 2015

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (5 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847804853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847804853
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 1.3 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Selected as a March highlight

‘An exciting and dramatic introduction to evolution for young children, written in consultation with the Natural History Museum.'



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"If your child prefers fact to fiction...The Story of Life  (Frances Lincoln, £ 12.99) by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams and Amy Husband is a simple, well-illustrated account of evolution."



"The book touches on very complex subjects, like the development of life from the first cells and man's evolution, but does so in a way that makes it understandable for those coming to these concepts for the first time."



"The book touches on very complex subjects, like the development of life from the first cells and man's evolution, but does so in a way that makes it understandable for those coming to these concepts for the first time."

Selected as a March highlight

'An exciting and dramatic introduction to evolution for young children, written in consultation with the Natural History Museum.'

Best Books For Children This Easter

"If your child prefers fact to fiction...The Story of Life  (Frances Lincoln, £ 12.99) by Catherine Barr, Steve Williams and Amy Husband is a simple, well-illustrated account of evolution."

Selected as a March highlight
‘ An exciting and dramatic introduction to evolution for young children, written in consultation with the Natural History Museum.'

About the Author

AMY HUSBAND studied Graphic Art at Liverpool School of Art. Her first picture book, Dear Miss, was winner of the Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award in 2010, and she also wrote and illustrated Dear Santa, in the same series.  Amy lives in York with her partner, working in a studio with views of York Minster. The Story of Life is her first book for Frances Lincoln.

CATHERINE BARR studied Ecology at Leeds University and trained as a journalist.  She worked at Greenpeace International for seven years as a wildlife and forestry campaigner and has a long-running interest in environmental issues. While working as an editor at the Natural History Museum, she researched and wrote two major summer exhibitions: Dinosaurs of the Gobi Desert and Myths and Monsters. She is now a partner in communications company bwa design. She lives on a hill near Hay-on-Wye in Herefordshire with her partner and two daughters.

STEVE WILLIAMS is a biologist with a degree in Marine Biology and Applied Zoology from the University of Wales.  His lifelong love of wildlife was further inspired by eight years at sea, after which he trained as a teacher, and now teaches science in a rural comprehensive school in Wales. He is a beekeeper and lives near Hay-on-Wye with his wife and two daughters.


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I bought this book for my six year old after seeing the authors' presentation at Hay Festival, and it is fantastic. My son loves it and often requests it at bedtime - and he can and has read it to himself now several times. He likes the illustrations and the snippets of humour ('Squelchy in here, isn't it' is his favourite bit I think!). But I think what is really fantastic about it is that it manages to convey this huge concept very clearly and in a child-friendly way; and while sticking to the latest scientific thinking on the subject it is free of scientific jargon. There are hardly any really good books on evolution for young children so it was great to discover this. Should be compulsory reading for all primary children, I think!
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This book has lovely pictures and a clear narrative style. I bought this for a 5 and 7 year old. The 7 year old enjoys RE and I bought this as a bit of a counterbalance to make sure he gets both creation stories! He devoured the book and really enjoyed it. Some of the words are a bit complicated for my 5 year old so we need to spend a bit more time on reading this to make sure she gets it. She also loved the illustrations. The whole book is very nicely produced.
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Lovely illustrations, but I felt it was a bit light on the 'how' of it.
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Fantastic informative book for children
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This is a fantastic book. It doesn't condescend, is very engaging and my 2 and 4 year old love it.
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Brilliant book for my 4 year old who has endless questions. 9 year old also loves it.
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Beautifully illustrated book, easy to understand for children, my daughter loves it!
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My son is in Reception, and came home talking about his Easter trip to a chapel and asking about my beliefs in God and Jesus. While I was happy to explain what I believe (or otherwise), we then got the inevitable "so how did humans get here?"

Being a librarian, I have always relied on books to assist in the teaching of life events (first day at school, sharing, etc), I was recommended this title on Evolution and borrowed a library copy. I read it through first and thought it appropriate for my 5-year-old, though I knew some of it would go over his head. I didn't mind that, I wanted to in still the basic idea of change over time and the long time over which it has taken place.

It's suitable for one bedtime read, took about 20 minutes. The pictures are great, very colourful, lots of labels (some of which my son could read), and the text attempts to simplify as much as possible the complex nature of the topic. It begins with "at first, nothing lived on Earth", without trying to explain the origins of anything further back (though I'm sure I'll get that question soon too!), and gives a timeline along the bottom (though I felt this would be too much for my son at this stage).

I was pleased to see plate tectonics is alluded to (first continents), if you wanted to take that further. We both loved the pcyiresf f the first water-bound creatures and cells, and my son was fascinated to see how dinosaurs developed. He asked about all their labels. We even got to talk about the meteorite that likely wiped them out, and then the Ice Age.

I liked the following pages looking at Africa and apes, it's well written to be as simple as possible without saying that apes 'changed' into humans.
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