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Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman
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Mar 19, 10

Read in March, 2010

The fact the Darwin was brilliant is well established. The fact that he was a devoted husband and father is not widely known. The love for his wife Emma was enough to silence his findings due to her religious devotion. He respected her in every way and did not follow his fathers advise in not telling his wife all his secrets. They married to overcome their differences and worked together towards publishing Darwin's works. The letters he wrote to his dear wife Emma were a true glimpse of the man. He worked dilligently on his life's work of meticulous record keeping with his thousands of specimens along with working on his controversial discoveries. Charles enjoyed his wife's ability to manage household and family as it grew throughout the years. Together they had to bear the hardship of losing children to illness which took its toll on Charles more than he let on. He marveled at his beloved children and often used his observation of them for his discoveries. He was a brilliant mind with a big heart! The world is definitely a better place because of him! A well deserved 2010 Printz Honor Book!
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