One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin
Kathryn Lasky & Matthew Trueman
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ou are invited along as Kathryn Lasky traces Charles Darwin's life from his childhood when the youth went around the countryside collecting insects and other specimens to his famous voyage on the Beagle in 1831.
ollecting everything he could lay his hands on. such as an octopus, butterflies and spiders, Darwin also filled many notebooks with observations of the natural wonders he found, from the Cape Verde Islands and Brazil to Valdivia and the Galapagos Islands.
ulling over his findings after he returned home to England, eventually Darwin wrote
The Origin of Species
. This book presented the natural scientist's theory of evolution and explained the process of natural selection and the idea of the survival of the fittest.
Smithsonian Notable Book for Children
brings together a fairly detailed text with a number of illustrations that picture Darwin's adventures. Given the length of the narrative, this paperback would be best given to youngsters who are rather competent readers.
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