More Informative Than Another Ark Story

Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution by Jonathan Tweet, illustrated by Karen Lewis. Feiwel and Friends, 2015. 9781250113238.

grandmotherfishWhat appears at first to be a sweet picture book about creatures in humans’ evolutionary tree, complete with actions and noises for a children to imitate (chomp like grandmother fish, squeak like grandmother mammal), is actually an incredibly well-made and researched introduction to evolution for kids. (The chomping represents the development of hinged jaws, the squeaking is making vocalizations with the throat.  These and other ideas are explained in more detail at the back of the book.)

This was the result of 15 years of work and a Kickstarter campaign inspired by the author’s need for a book to explain evolution to his daughter. His care and effort shows.

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