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Grandmother Fish: A Child's First Book of Evolution

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Sound science made simple in kid-friendly book on evolution.

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Evolution's a slippery concept, but this excellent book breaks it into manageable bites that will be understandable to young brains, and folds the information into a fun and interactive story format. Grandmother FIsh: A Child's First Book of Evolution is perfect for young, squirmy kids, inviting them to wiggle, chomp, crawl, and squeak just as animals were able to do as they evolved. It also prompts them to "find" our various "grandmothers" as they develop along our family tree. The information in the book can be read at different levels, depending on a kid's age or science knowledge. An extensive section of back matter provides lots more information for parents to share and discuss when kids are ready.

The tone is entirely inviting, to adults as well as kids, and the cheerful illustrations by Karen Lewis are completely kid-friendly. A spread at the end -- "Grandmother Human had many kinds of grandchildren" -- pictures kids and families of all races, making the point that we're one human family. This is a great book for introducing the concept of evolution.

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