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On The Origin of Species

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  29 reviews
The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species.

'A long, long time ago, before humans even existed, the living world looked very different from how it looks today.'

For most of human history, people believed that everything in the world was created at once. But scientists started to challenge that idea and in 1859 Charles Darwin, a naturali/>'A
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Puffin (first published 2019)
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On the Origin of Species, Sabina Radeva's gorgeous, child-friendly take on arguably Charles Darwin's most groundbreaking work, is nothing short of a delight!

The illustrations are colourful and simply breathtaking; they complement the narrative perfectly and will no doubt have young readers asking a multitude of different questions. I would've loved a book like this when I was very young. I read the Kindle version but urge potential buyers to opt for a physical copy, of which I have pre-ordered
Jovi Ene
Una dintre cărțile pe care mi le doream, pentru că originalul lui Darwin nu este neapărat o carte ce poată fi înțeleasă de oricine, iar felul în care este predată religia în școală (fără a se oferi alternative la ortodoxism, în cele mai multe cazuri) trebuie cumva contrabalansat. Iată cum, prin acest volum, evoluționismul și selecția naturală poate fi explicat cu ușurință pt ca toată lumea să le înțeleagă. Inspirat ilustrat, inteligent explicat, este totuși o lectură pentru copiii de peste o anu ...more
Ellie Labbett
An informative and concise retelling of Darwin’s On The Origin of Species, which allows key aspects his theory of evolution to be accessible to children, whilst also maintaining respect that children are capable of being challenged. Radeva’s vibrant illustrations make this such an attractive, clear text, making what can be perceived as a tricky subject matter enticing and easier to understand. Lots of opportunities to develop skills in reading non-fiction are present, with footnotes, an appendix ...more
Stephen Baird
I originally noticed Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' as retold and beautifully illustrated by Sabina Radeva when it came onto Kickstarter a couple of years ago and was intrigued.

This takes the theory of evolution as set out by Charles Darwin and simplifies it, to a certain extent, to make it accessible to younger readers.

The illustrations throughout are rich and lead the eye through to the text, making the journey of discovery easier.

Sabina covers
Jenny Holder
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Evolution and adaptation is not an easy to topic to get your head around but Sabina Radeva has created a wonderful illustrated text which makes Darwin's On The Origin of Species accessible for a young audience.
It includes quotations from the original text as well as simplified explanations of how animals have adapted for purpose and evolved. The illustrations include beautiful realistic depictions of a range of creatures.
A beautiful introduction for younger readers to understand Darwin's theories, perfect for using the science lessons and the illustrations are very cute!
Wonderful book, beautifully designed and illustrated.
We supported it on Kickstarter and are so delighted with it.
Stephen Connor
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stunning recreation of Darwin’s seminal work, brought to life for younger readers but suitable for all. Factual, informative and attractive: everything you’d want a non-fiction book to be. Can’t wait to share this with my class.
Suurepärane! Võiks olla lastele loodusõpetuse tunnis kohustuslik lugemine, aga lugemisele lisaks: millised pildid!
Marie the Librarian
this was beautiful, but I think kids need a bit more introduction on how to read it.. Like kids dont understand roman numerals or footnotes...
A gentle and colourful introduction to a heavy subject.
A fun entryway to awaken curiosity.
Bonus point for having a little hidden snark
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely little book!

I am obviously not the intended receiver, as I am not a child, but this was a joy to read. The artwork is absolutely beautiful. I think it explained Darwin's theories well, although it was tricky to pinpoint the exact age the intended receiver should have, as the text was sometimes slightly too difficult for younger readers, I think. Then again, with the help of parents that would not be a problem. The appendix is a good addition as well, for those who want more in
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful book. The illustrations are amazing. The writing is crisp and well suited for younger readers. So excited to have been able to sponsor on Kickstarter.
Papá Lector
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hola y bienvenidos una vez más, hoy toca el turno de hablar sobre un libro, que antes que nada, es una obra de arte por sus ilustraciones y su edición. El trabajo realizado por la autora, que además es la ilustradora, y por la editorial son simplemente hermosos.

El libro en cuestión se trata de una adaptación ilustrada por Sabina Radeva del clásico El Origen de las Especies escrito por Charles Darwin, un libro cuyo público destino es sin duda alguna el infantil, y que desde mi punto d
Alyce Hunt
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a valuable reimagining of one of the most important scientific works of all time. Beautiful illustrations bring the insights of Charles Darwin to life, different terms (such as species and genus) explained easily via the images.

The theories that Darwin had are explained as simply as they can be, but the direct quotes from his work are still rather difficult to comprehend. It's an issue with the writing style of the Victorian times - nothing that Sabina Radeva has any control over - but
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing this book for Sabina Radeva, Penguin Random House, and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review

A lovely, colourful informative book which introduces children to the ideas of Darwin.
It was the simplistic artwork which drew me in, which when looked at again is not so simplistic.
The short bits of text on each page go alongside the images perfectly, which make it accessible to anyone. But you can extend your knowledge with the appendix an
The Artisan Geek
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book! I'm not a kid anymore, but this is exactly the type of stuff I would love to have read at that time. Very informative with lovely quotes by Darwin and of course gorgeous illustrations. I also really like the fact how it isn't tailored to any gender, just a book that says: if you like science then read this! I can also imagine as a parent that this would be very interesting to read. A great way to spend your time with children :)

A sincere thank you to Puffin B
Ms. Yingling
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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This is beautifully illustrated, and is a nice retelling of Darwin's work for younger, more modern readers, but it's the sort of format that doesn't do well in my library. It is the large size of a picture book, but very text dense, with tiny print. This also isn't a subject covered in depth in my school, so I will pass this one along.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is one of the best children’s non-fiction books I have ever read !
Read my review here: https://vsviewfromthebookshelves.home...
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated and clearly explained in simplified language that will appeal to older children.
Ellie Abrey
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very accessible version of Darwin's book 'on the origin of species'. The illustrations are beautiful and masterfully created.
Katy Wheatley
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated and really thoughtfully constructed text that simplifies a really complex set of ideas. A gorgeous book that provides lots of discussion points.
Mary Norell Hedenstrom
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful picture book of Darwin's theory
Britt Suits
Lastele kirjutatud kokkuvõtvalt liikide tekkimisest. Autor on ise teadlase taustaga.
Review for the book - A beautifully illustrated book that gives young and primary school aged children a good introduction to Darwin's 'On The Origin Of Species'.

Audiobook narrated by Roy McMillan - A very well-performed reading if the book accompanied by sound effects.
Lyubina Yordanova
Ok. I'm not a kid anymore but I still love reading kids' books.
This is a beautifully Illustrated and informative book that simply explains Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'.
There is an appendix, explanation of four misconceptions and a useful glossary at the end of it.
The insect chart from the endpapers tests the reader's skills at being a naturalist.
Thank you, Sabina Radeva!
A beautiful introduction to Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, especially written for younger readers. I would probably recommend this book to Key Stage 2 children (7-11years) who are interested in science and biology. With detailed pictures and quotes from Darwin himself, children can be given an introduction to evolution that is not too daunting or overwhelming. For younger children, there is the challenge of searching the illustrated insects from the end papers throughout the book.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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