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One Beetle Too Many by Kathryn Lasky
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Oct 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, animals, biography, nonfiction, picture-book, science
Read on October 18, 2010 , read count: 1

Lasky's narrative portrays the life of a young man whose future would see him a clergyman--if his father had anything to do with it. Who would have suspected that Charles Darwin was an unwilling student whose lack of achievement in the classroom caused him to fail at his father's first career choice for him, law? The book proves that it was not a lack of skill or intellect that caused Darwin's failure, but a lack of interest in the careers others chose for him. His great love was science and only an invitation to a scientific voyage kept him from serving out his time in a village parish.

As interestingly as Lasky tells the tale of Darwin's famous voyage, it is the illustrations that caught my attention. The wonderful collages that contain pressed flowers and leaves should not be overlooked by the reader.

I read this book purposely after finishing The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate in which each chapter is introducted by a Darwin quote.
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