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Grandmother Fish: A Child's First Book of Evolution (Hardcover)
“This is our Grandmother Fish. She lived a long, long, time ago. She could wiggle and swim fast. Can you wiggle?” I cannot recommend this book more… A kid’s level story of our evolutionary history that’s all at once fun, interactive, and very scientifically accurate it’s such to be a hit with little evolutionary biologists. And it even has more detailed information about our evolutionary phylogeny at the end for more curious little ones or curious parents! - - Linnea— From Staff Picks by Linnea
Where did we come from?
It's a simple question, but not so simple an answer to explain especially to young children. Charles Darwin's theory of common descent no longer needs to be a scientific mystery to inquisitive young readers. Meet Grandmother Fish.
Told in an engaging call and response text where a child can wiggle like a fish or hoot like an ape and brought to life by vibrant artwork, Grandmother Fish takes children and adults through the history of life on our planet and explains how we are all connected.
The book also includes comprehensive backmatter, including:
- An elaborate illustration of the evolutionary tree of life
- Helpful science notes for parents
- How to explain natural selection to a child
About the Author
Jonathan Tweet has been an innovative game designer for over 25 years and a fan of evolution for even longer. His award-winning games are well-known for engaging the players' imaginations and encouraging creative participation. Grandmother Fish, his first children's book, took 15 years to complete. It began when he couldn't find a book to help him teach his daughter about evolution, so he decided to write one himself.Karen Lewis is a Seattle-based illustrator for children's storybooks, history, and science. She strives to make her art accessible, accurate and visually delicious. She's the resident cartoonist for Cobblestone, an American history magazine for kids. Her children's books include Will it Blow - Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens, Amazing Alaska and Arturo and the Navidad Birds.
Debut novelist J.J. Gesher tells an intimate, grief-filled story about Jacob Fischer - a sometimes wayward, sometimes obedient Brooklyn Orthodox Jew who breaks down after a devastating loss. Slowly rebuilding and rediscovering himself in a small-town Alabama town, Jacob has support from a cast of well-drawn characters - who also have their own demons to deal with. I loved learning more about the Orthodox Jew and the rich history of its sometimes stifling traditions, butting heads with modern sensibilities and realities. This highly readable title, right down to the very last sentence, is a natural pick for book clubs. A strong debut from the writing pair of J.J. Gesher. - Maureen