Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story

Our Family Tree An Evolution Story All of us are part of an old old family The roots of our family tree reach back millions of years to the beginning of life on earth Open this family album and embark on an amazing journey You ll meet

  • Title: Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story
  • Author: Lisa Westberg Peters Lauren Stringer
  • ISBN: 9780152017729
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • All of us are part of an old, old family The roots of our family tree reach back millions of years to the beginning of life on earth Open this family album and embark on an amazing journey You ll meet some of our oldest relatives from both the land and the sea and discover what we inherited from each of them along the many steps of our wondrous past Complete with anAll of us are part of an old, old family The roots of our family tree reach back millions of years to the beginning of life on earth Open this family album and embark on an amazing journey You ll meet some of our oldest relatives from both the land and the sea and discover what we inherited from each of them along the many steps of our wondrous past Complete with an illustrated timeline and glossary, here is the story of human evolution as it s never been told before.

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    1. Great kid's book. My daughter found it easy to follow with the language and vivid illustrations that accompanied the text. I would find it suitable for ages 6 and up. Although it's best as a read-along book. The word choice isn't dumbed-down in some sentences, so it may be difficult for a child to comprehend everything without an adult's help.

    2. Love the illustrations and the story telling is simple enough for my little ones. If you are interested in raising children who see beauty in the science behind evolution, I recommend this book.

    3. I live in the South and (sadly) I can't imagine a teacher having this book in the classroom.But, I have two very curious boys, one of whom is obsessed with dinosaursd reading dinosaur books leads to lots of questions about evolution. I found it difficult to explain evolution in a way they could understand so I looked for a book that was age-appropriate.This book does a pretty good job introducing the concept of evolution to young children. Life on earth is characterized as a big family and organ [...]

    4. I loved this book. Beautiful illustrations and such a lovely warm use of language and image to describe a process that's normally discussed in cold, scientific terms. It's the telling of the origin of life on Earth almost as a story. It reads as a beautiful creation myth, and I suppose in a way it is one. It's just the likeliest of all the creation myths to be true, and the only one for which we have found supporting evidence. I haven't read this to my kids yet, but I'm really looking forward to [...]

    5. It's not just the creationists who have a hard time with this book. The scientists and evolutionary biologists do too. It is innacurate to say that life evolved in the linear manner that this book suggests and it conflates the outer branches with the past branching closer to the trunk that actually led to adaptions and inherited traits over time. The illustrations are beautiful but we find the need to reword the text to say "life" instead of "we." Better yet is to find a book that portrays the c [...]

    6. Kale is 5. He had alot of questions about evolution. He read this book by himself (out loud to me) and loved it and got it!

    7. I really adored this book for my daughter when she was younger; it gave her a simplistic understanding of evolution and natural selection. The pictures are wonderful, from the DNA structures to the multiple single-celled organisms to the reptiles and dinosaurs and primates that followed. The hows of macro-evolution are addressed in a fairly basic manner, straight-forward enough for young children, but does not address the "whys," so this is a decent book for people of all religious or non-religi [...]

    8. I am on the hunt for good books about evolution and the Earth's beginnings for kids. this was close, but not quite it. Our evolution was a complicated process, not the smooth line the book implies. Also, the use of the word "we" drove me nuts. *We* were sitting on the couch reading this book. *we* were never single celled bacteria swimming in the ocean. Grrr. "Life", "ancestors" and I'm sure if I thought about it I could come up with some other words that could have been used. When will authors [...]

    9. Quentin (my 5 year old) ADORED this book, a brief explanation/overview of the evolutionary process. It's beautifully illustrated.

    10. Well, that’s one perspective. Not a book I would purchase for my school or family, but I respect that some believe this to be true and for those people the illustrations are beautiful.

    11. Absolutely beautiful illustrations with information that is informative but easy enough for a child to understand.

    12. I loved this book! It was a joy to read and I truly think both teachers and students alike would love to read this book. I loved how the topic was informational and education while still being appropriate for younger children. The book explains evolution but in a way that younger children can understand. I thought it was cute and clever that a young child was “telling” the story of evolution while drawing the different animals in the sand at the beach.The illustrations were exceptional! They [...]

    13. Having a book about evolution in a classroom can be controversial. Many families have different religious beliefs and some do not believe in evolution. Many books can cause controversy, and this one might fall under that category. I think it is a hard subject to teach young children and do not understand why this book is in a book form for the young readers. The concept of generations and time changing slowly can also be a hard topic for young children to grasp.This book describes the evolution [...]

    14. I had some mixed feelings about this book. I absolutely loved the illustrations, but I wish the topic would not have been about evolution. Those illustrations need to be on a book about something other than that. Not that I am against evolution, but I just know a lot of people have a lot of strong feelings about evolution and religion and I am just not sure it is wise to put that type of subject into a children's book form for use in the classroom. I think it would definitely be a great book for [...]

    15. I am really not quite sure what to think about this bookI think it would be very controversial to use in the classroom, so I definitely would not have it as a free read for my kids. I think if a teacher is teaching about evolution then maybe he or she could read it aloud to the class and let them know it is one of the theories out there, but then also let the kids know about other theories about how humans were created. One thing about this book that I really liked was the illustrations! The pic [...]

    16. Fun, quick book that helped raise a lot of questions, but also provide plenty of answers. My almost-8 year old enjoyed it a lot more than my 4 year old. The illustrations are beautiful, and the words are very child-friendly without being condescending. There are a few pages of reference at the back that go into more detail, and the timeline was particularly interesting to my oldest. I think it helped him understand just how long ago things started happening, since at the very beginning he made i [...]

    17. I quite liked this book - the illustrations are stunning, and I liked the progression of the "family" from single-celled organisms all the way up to modern humans. I appreciated the backmatter going into a little extra depth about exactly where things like fingernails and a spine came from, and I liked the effort to place extra emphasis on the sheer amount of time these changes took.I wasn't too sold on the continued use of "we," since kids reading this book might still be a bit literal. And, of [...]

    18. My 7-year old daughter has a lot of questions about how life began and evolution, so I read this to her. It is a very pretty book, and I think the intent is to be "scientifically poetic" or "poetically scientific". It mostly succeeds. But the confusing way that "we" was used throughout the book when referring to the beginnings of life was disappointing. It raised more questions because it sounded to my daughter like that was specifically how HER life had begun, so I had to explain that. Which is [...]

    19. A very very brief overview of evolution. The illustrations were good for holding the attention of a child. This is a good start for kids who have never grasped onto the topic of evolution. I would suggest any parents reading this, or listening along, to know the topic in advanced, due to the simplicity of the book, and the curiosity of children. There may be many questions to be answered. If you don't want to read a whole book on the topic, then you could read a short synopsis at darwins-theory- [...]

    20. This is a gorgeous book that conveys the beauty of evolution in rich illustration and prose that kept my preschooler (just shy of 3) rapt. She was so mesmerised that she insisted I read all the explanatory notes, the timeline, and the acknowledgements from the author and illustrator. She does love books about animals, what's inside our bodies, and dinosaurs, so this was a good fit for her. It is human-centric, but I don't know how else you'd explain evolution to preschoolers in a way they'd find [...]

    21. All of us are part of an old, old family. The roots of our family tree reach back millions of years to the beginning of life on earth. Open this family album and embark on an amazing journey. You'll meet some of our oldest relatives, from both the land and the sea, and discover what we inherited from each of them along the many steps of our wondrous past. Complete with an illustrated timeline and glossary, here is the story of human evolution as it's never been told before.Subject: Halloween -- [...]

    22. A family album unlike any other, this picturebook takes readers through an incredible journey. This story explains the relationships of how humans are related to both land and sea animals, while learning what we, as humans, have inherited from those animals. Besides going into great detail about evolution, this picturebook provides an illustrated timeline and glossary adding to the education this book provides.Ill: paint

    23. Written by Lisa Westberg Peters, illustrated by Lauren Stringer, published by Harcourt Children's Books, 2003.Summary: A scientific explanation of evolution written at a simple level and complete with colorful illustrations to be understood by young children. Response: This is a wonderful, simplistic yet accurate book that makes a hard explanation to young children much easier. Possible Unit Ideas: Science: Evoluion.

    24. My 7 year old loved this book.The illustrations are incredible and information was delivered in such a way to keep young children's attention.It sparked a great conversation and questions. I don't know about it in a classroom but, we are a science heavy household so the overwhelming evidence for evolution is something we consider to be proven fact. This is one of many books that we have purchased for our son and we, as a family, enjoyed it immensely!

    25. This is an exceptionally beautiful book. The story of evolution is told simply and eloquently, and Lauren Stringer's art is magnificent. Every page is rich with detail. I particularly liked the pages with the repetition of "on the outside we were. but on the inside," with the 'inside' pictures being suggestive of fossils. Magnificent.

    26. This is one of two books I recently purchased to help explain evolution to my six year old. The description of evolution is simplistic, but I think it was a great way to get us started on this subject as it can be difficult to explain on a young child's level. The story format and the illustrations are great, and I also like the timeline in the back of the book.

    27. This is not a book I would persnally use in my classroom. Not all families believe in evolution so it can be very controversial. Some teacher may think this is a great book, but I don't like it. I do like how it talks about the different theories, but it is not one I would use in my class.

    28. I really loved the illustrations in this story, this would be a great book to use for teaching the idea of "life" and the beginning of time and where we are came from. You could also tie this into a science lesson, the idea of cells, DNA, human and animal commonalities.

    29. This book is Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story by Lisa Peters. This book can be used in 1 to 5 grade classrooms. This book can be used for lessons on evolution. This book describes human history reaching back millions of years to the beginning of life on earth.

    30. This was a great book read to the kids during the story portion of our UU church service. I liked it so much I bought it as a gift for my godsons. It explains evolution (evolution, not a creation story) in a way digestible for kids and the illustrations are beautiful.

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