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On The Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva, Charles Darwin

On The Origin of Species

Sabina Radeva, Charles Darwin

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Puffin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9780141388502

A very important project, most beautifully realised. Sabina Radeva's thoughtful text and gorgeous pictures together tell the story of On The Origin of Species, and of Evolution itself, with clarity, humour and great charm. - Emma Darwin The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species. On The Origin of Species has been the definitive explanation of the theory of evolution since it was first published in 1859. Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva unites her two passions to create a 64-page retelling of this seminal text.

5 stars out of 5
Emily Bearn
14 Mar 2019

"Radeva wears her erudition lightly, and her breezy style will sweep even the less confident readers along"

Some six-year-olds may be daunted by chapter titles such as “Imperfections of the Geological Record”, and “Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings”, not to mention an appendix that covers “Epigenetics” and “Comparative Embryology”. But Radeva wears her erudition lightly, and her breezy style will sweep even the less confident readers along (“we’ll never know just how weird and wonderful many extinct species might have been!”). The result is a triumph of concision that appeals both to the budding young scientist and to the adult who has given up hope of ever reading Darwin in the original.

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5 stars out of 5

"It is filled with informative, beautifully designed diagrams and maps"

For five- to eight-year-olds, meanwhile, from multitalented molecular biologist and graphic designer Sabina Radeva comes an entrancing picture‑book retelling of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. It is filled with informative, beautifully designed diagrams and maps... Salient quotations from the original book accompany clear, careful explanations of key concepts; the appendix cogently addresses misconceptions, as well as areas in which Darwin’s hypotheses have been outstripped by new scientific knowledge.