All his life, Charles Darwin hated controversy. Yet he takes his place among the Giants of Science for what remains an immensely controversial subject: the theory of evolution. Darwin began piecing together his explanation for how all living things change or adapt during his five-year voyage on HMS Beagle. But it took him twenty years to go public, for fear of the backlash...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Viking Juvenile
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I'm really impressed by this book. When I think of biographies, I think of it as something as exciting as those articles on wikipedia. Now don't get me wrong, I love the versatility of wikipedia, but most of the time, my brain can't process that much information. And then, here comes this biography of Charles Darwin by Kathleen Krull that's in one part very informative, and in one part very interesting. I loved how Ms. Krull taught me a lot about Darwin's personality, and I think knowing more ab...more
A science biography written for upper elementary/ junior high age... it was an interesting, simple read about Charles Darwin. I'd heard limited and different views of Darwin and of course, we read this one from the view point of the author. But, it was very interesting to consider all that was going on during his lifetime and how those budding scientific fields and personalities played such an intricate part of developing his view of the world in that period of time. His opportunities to travel...more
I'm glad that Krull put this sentence in...."It is important to note that many scientists with strong religious beliefs see not conflict between science and their faith in God. These are just two different ways of understanding the world and don't have to cancel each other out".
I read this on recommendation from my Literacy professor, who is on the Board of Advisors for the International Collection of Children’s and Adolescent Literature, to give her my second opinion. I learned a lot from this biography aimed at young readers. I like to stay as smart as the 5 th graders I'll be teaching, and I'll certainly recommend this to the ones who like to read for fun facts and are interested in any science, from biology to psychology.