Life on Earth
The Story of Evolution
By Steve Jenkins
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618164769, 40pp.)
Publication Date: October 2002
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There are millions of different kinds of plants and animals living on the earth. Many millions more lived here in the past. Where did they all come from? Why have some become extinct and others lived on?
In this remarkable book for children, Steve Jenkins explores the fascinating history of life on earth and the awe-inspiring story of evolution, Charles Darwin’s great contribution to modern science.
Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor–winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.
"Jenkins presents a superb introduction to evolution for younger readers...[His] explainations of science concepts are comprehensive and comprehensible, making good use of his excellent illustrations." Horn Book, Starred
Jenkins’ trademark watercolor cutpaper collages, a large format, and the careful use of both an oversized and small font are definite lures into this handsome exploration of the basics of evolution.
School Library Journal, Starred
Clever, eyecatching, and extremely effective.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
Grabbing the audiences attention with stunning cut and torn paper collage illustrations, Jenkins illuminates another corner of the science world in this cogent introduction to evolution.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
Life on Earth taps into children’s sense of wonder about the world, which is the great starting point for scientific exploration.” The New York Times Book Review
Intricate paper collages of animals and plants set against fields of clean white illustrate this condensed account of the earth’s history.” Riverbank Review
Factual and fascinating, this one belongs in every library.” Kirkus Reviews
Jenkins and page combine two high-interest topics in a format that works at several levels due to the increasing complexity of the text.” Book Links, ALA