Young Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle
by Ruth Ashby

Price at time of review: $12.95
128 pp.
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd
Atlanta, GA
ISBN: 978-1561454785

Grade Level: 3-5

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, a number of books on Charles Darwin and his work have been published. This fascinating biography is directed toward younger readers in the middle grades. It focuses mainly on the observations he made during his five-year journey on the HMS Beagle, including those made of more than 1500 specimens of plants and animals.

Younger students need not understand the quantitative aspects of Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection to appreciate how the observations he made on his journey helped inspire his work. The authors also provide a thoughtful treatment of the moral issues that affected Darwin, including his opposition to slavery. Extensive support materials including notes from the author and a bibliography support this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010.

Review posted on 1/11/2010

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