Life on Earth

Life on Earth Cover

Life on Earth

The Story of Evolution

By Steve Jenkins

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618164769, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2002


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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For Life on Earth

"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, StarredJenkins’ trademark watercolor cut–paper 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, StarredClever, eye–catching, and extremely effective.Booklist, ALA, Starred ReviewGrabbing 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