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What Mr Darwin Saw

What Mr Darwin Saw (Hardback)

Illustrated by Manning, Mick
Illustrated by Granstrom, Brita

In 1831, at only 22 years old, Darwin is offered the position of Naturalist on HMS Beagle's world voyage. He is set to become a parson, but returns after 5 years an inspired genius.

ISBN 9781845079703
Barcode 9781845079703
Published 1 February 2009 by Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781845079703
ISBN-10 1845079701
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Imprint Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
Publication Date 1 February 2009
International Publication Date 11 February 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) Illustrated by Manning, Mick
Illustrated by Granstrom, Brita
Category History
Technology & Applied Sciences
Number of Pages 48
Dimensions Width: 278mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 522g
Interest Age 6-9 years
Reading Age 6-9 years
Library of Congress Evolution Biology - Juvenile literature, Voyages and travels - Juvenile literature, Natural history - Juvenile literature
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 576.82092
Catalogue Code NZ505349

Description of this Book

In 1831, at only 22 years old, Darwin is offered the position of Naturalist on HMS Beagle's world voyage. His uncle, Josiah Wedgwood, helps him persuade his father. In those days such a voyage was as unthinkable as a modern day voyage into outer space. Darwin is set to become a parson but returns after 5 years an inspired genius. This book follows the journey of HMS Beagle, with topics such as life on-board the ship for Darwin, the captain, crew and the expedition's artist. It will follow Darwin as he visits various countries culminating in Galapagos. It explains in simple terms Darwin's inspired theory of evolution, while also showing something of the adventures and escapades he had during the voyage.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Published in celebration of the bicentennary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of ON THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, this book offers a unique and compelling introduction to his fascinating life. Written in the first person in illustrated diary form, there is immediacy to the story that is both vivacious and engaging. This is an inspiring book for children that entertains as it introduces the theory of evolution in simple terms. There are lively examples of Darwin's observations throughout which give life to his voyages and discoveries. Bookseller This beautifully illustrated picture book brings to life Charles Darwin and his epic voyage on the Beagle . A must for curious young readers. Bookseller An excellent introduction to the discoveries made by the young naturalist! The lively style and charming pictures sdescribe the evolution of his thoughts and his thoughts on evolution with economy for 7+. Times Darwin's theory of evolution may seem like a complex subject to discuss in English class with younger students. But this new non fiction children's book makes life easier for teachers everywhere. It shows Darwin's theory in simple, no nonsense terms. It combine's fabulous visual information to tempt even the fussiest visual learner, along with simple text and an appealing page layout. Each double spread of this book is designed to appeal to a well thought out target audience. www.brightbhub.com Narrated in diary form with excellent illustrations, this is a treasure of a book, which will engage event the most reluctant reader. Irish Examiner A finely balanced combination of facts and fun in this engaging guide to the life and discoveries of the British naturalist!The award-winning author and illustrator team clearly understand how to grab the interest of young children - the gory pictures of an early operating theatre and Darwin being seasick will be pored over as much as the more scholarly information! Daily Mail This really is a book to enlighten and inspire young readers. Junior Education A picture book approach to the whole Darwin adventure makes a very accessible way into childhood and early science of the great man. Brita Granstrom's double-page illustrations, full of cuddly and smiling Victorians, provide an attractive backdrop to the story of Darwin's life, with much attention paid to his childhood passion for everything to do with nature. (And by way of encouragement to all child readers and their parents, much emphasis on on his ordinariness when young.) The biographical story as told in the pictures and with speech bubbles is easy to enjoy, but there is also a great deal of factual information to be had from the information boxes that accompany them. Guardian It was interesting because I like maps and I could see what places around the world look like. I think you would like this book if you like history or maps like I do. -- Ben Pritchard, age 6 First News An entertaining and accessible introduction to the theory of evolution that brings Chalres Darwin to life. The watercolour illustrations are full of witty detail and the text is cleverly blended in, using speech bubbles and diary extracts. The result is to convey a huge quantity of fascinating information in amazingly few words. Glasgow Herald I wholeheartedly recommend this book, not least for bringing Darwin to a young audience. INIS This is a stunning book that combines a compelling adventure story with descriptions of major scientific discoveries and Darwin's theory of evolution. The illustrations hold the eye of the reader with their content and ever-changing colours and scenes. The book is one to return to may times from perhaps guided use for a child interested in adventure and nature study to an older child wanting an adventure story and scientific information. Ibby Link The text is pacy and lends itself to a whole-class read, or group or individual activity. Darwin is portrayed as affable and interesting; his ideas engage and inspire us as readers. It's a wonderful story with a well-chosen glossary - perfect for KS2. Scholastic: Read Me
US Review Joining the spate of biographies issued to mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth, this covers the great scientist's career in snapshots. It opens with scenes of him gunning down birds and catching rats as a feckless youth and closes with a view of the white-bearded sage delivering a simple explanation of natural selection on a chalkboard-style spread. In between, readers follow him from the famous incident with the three new kinds of beetles (one in each hand, the third - briefly - in his mouth) to stops and discoveries during his long voyage aboard the Beagle and the furor following the publication of his magnum opus. They will get some sense of both Darwin's character and the significant observations of nature in action that he recorded. The authors convey all of this in a mix of first- and third-person captions matched to watercolors that are freely drawn but detailed enough to show, for instance, telling differences in the beaks of Galapagos finches. At the opposite end of the accessibility scale from Peter S's's hyper-ornate Tree of Life (2003), this will provide younger readers with an accurate, if sketchy, introduction to Darwin's big ideas. (Picture book/biography. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granstrom.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita have four sons and live in the north east of England. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, PharaohA's Egypt, Viking Longship and Greek Hero. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards. Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006. Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Hero to Seven Stories, the centre for children's books To visit the website of Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom click here Brita Granstrom grew up on a Swedish farm and has an MFA in Fine Art from Konstfack, Stockholm. She and Mick Manning have four sons and live in Northumberland. Their first book together, The World is Full of Babies won the Smarties Silver Award in 1996 and their second book, What's Under the Bed? took the TES Junior Information Book Award in 1997. Yum Yum and How Did I Begin? were 2 of the 6 children's books shortlisted for the Rhone Poulene Prize in 1998. Science School made the shortlist in the following year. In 2000, Wash, Scrub, Brush! won the English Association's non-fiction award for the best picture book, with Let's Party making the shortlist in 2001. Brita won both Parenting Magazine's Book of the Year and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2000 with her illustrations for Judy Hindley's Eyes, Nose, Fingers, Toes. To visit the website of Brita Granstrom and Mick Manning click here

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