Michelle Valdez's Reviews > Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman
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Nov 19, 2010

really liked it
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What a great way for young adult readers to relate to one of science's greatest thinkers. Taking place in the Victoria Era, the book follows the life of Charles Darwin and his devoted wife Emma. After creating a very detailed pro and con list on why he should or shouldn't marry his first cousin Emma, Charles decides to take the leap of faith. Although his scientific theories were completely opposite of her very religious beliefs, they respected each other's opinion and shared a happy marriage for over 40 years.

This book opens up the personal life of Charles Darwin and allows students to see him not as a stuffy scientist, but as a loving husband and father. The text is easy for kids to follow. The love story will draw girls into the story while the science will keep boys interested.

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