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Charles Darwin, naturalist
Publication Information:
Hillside, N.J. : Enslow Publishers, c1994.
Physical Description:
128 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Book J 921 DARWIN 1 1

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Charles Darwin was a man of enlarged curiosity. He continually asked questions about the world. This curiosity sparked his ideas on evolution later outlined in his book, The Origin of the Species. Includes hands-on activities that will help young people better understand Darwin's ideas and work.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-These two introductory biographies will attract students because of their large print; manageable size and length; open format; and numerous black-and-white photographs, maps, and charts. Both books clearly explain their subjects' theories and contributions. An added bonus is the inclusion of age-appropriate suggestions for scientific activities, such as making a thermometer (Curie) or a worm zoo (Darwin). Such projects are not included in similar titles, such as Carol Greene's Marie Curie (Childrens, 1984). The writing, however, especially in Charles Darwin, does not flow quite as freely as that in Greene's work. Rather, Anderson and Poynter write in a style that tends toward short, choppy, declarative sentences that occasionally lack variety of structure, a relatively minor problem in two useful resources.-Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Darwin's boyhood, travels, scientific investigations, writings, and ideas about evolution are described in short, easy-to-read chapters, and his revolutionary observations are clearly explained. Unfortunately, the simplistic style tends to leave the impression of a simple man with simple ideas. Anderson includes some activities, such as making a worm zoo, that are designed to encourage young naturalists to try some experiments based on observations of their own. Black-and-white photographs are included. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. In the Great Minds of Science series, these biographies discuss the life and work of two giant figures: how they lived, what they discovered, the interest and controversy they caused, and their continuing significance for us today. Each book also includes a chapter of suggested activities to "give your mind a workout." The writing style is straightforward, with a combination of personal detail and scientific explanation. The design is clear, with spacious type and occasional black-and-white photographs and diagrams throughout the text. The books each have a chronology, glossary, bibliography, and chapter notes. Sure to be in demand for those middle-grade biography and science assignments. ~--Hazel Rochman