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The Origin of Life on Earth by David A. Anderson
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Nov 11, 09

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Read in November, 2009

(3rd - 5th grade)

Anderson retells an ancient story of how the earth began. This book does have some vocabulary that is most likely unfamiliar to many young readers. For this reason, a little prior knowledge would be beneficial. There is a glossary in the back of the book that defines some of these words. This book was very enlightening as it provided an alternate view of how the world began. I really enjoyed the choice of colors and medium used by the illustrator. The use of water color gave the pictures an "organic" feel. The choice of colors used in the beginning of the book gave the pictures a "heavenly" feel. This was quite effective since the first part of the story took place in the sky. As the book progressed on, the illustrator incorporated more earthy colors, which let the reader know that Obatala was no longer in the sky, but rather on land. I marveled at the decision of the illustrator to not give any of the character facial features. Rather, the characters were faceless bodies. This gave me the impression that the author thought that the characters attributes and actions were more important than their appearance.

Related Content Area:
Social Studies, Science, English Language Arts

Lesson Idea:
Using the new vocabulary learned, the students could summarize this story, in their own words, explaining what the book was about. Students could incorporate the new vocabulary by explaining what it means so that the audience can understand without having to do further research. This would be a great story to do a reflection on.
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