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Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution : Graphic Science Biographies - Jordi Bayarri

Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

By: Jordi Bayarri

Paperback | 1 January 2020

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This accessible graphic biography provides a look at Charles Darwin's childhood in England, his field research as a naturalist, and the development of his groundbreaking theory of natural selection. Featuring back matter and color illustrations.

Charles Darwin's scientific work transformed the way people think about life on Earth. From his childhood in England to his pivotal ocean voyages, he took every opportunity to study the natural world. And he helped shape a new understanding of how life forms change over time. This graphic biography highlights Darwin's youthful push to become a naturalist—against the wishes of his stern father. It also shares a look at his field research, collaborations, and scientific breakthroughs.

Book Features:
  • Inviting graphic approach to STEM topics.
  • Reluctant-reader friendly.
  • Series includes a range of science topics.

About the Author

Jordi Bayerri is a freelance comic-book artist based in Valencia, Spain.
Industry Reviews

Familiar names in science are the focus of these graphic biographies, but what differentiates these from other series is the level of detail that is included about the scientific discoveries and work of the subject. Each title not only provides information about their lives, but then takes a deep dive into concepts such as the theory of relativity or the discovery of radiation. Colorful artwork with varying panel size keeps the narrative moving at a pretty good pace and balances the heavy science information with a story arc. Sophisticated vocabulary and advanced concepts make these a better choice for upper elementary and middle school students. VERDICT The graphic format will make these instantly appealing to a large swath of readers and are worthy additions to most collections.--School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

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This new nonfiction graphic novel series focuses on famous scientists from childhood through the hardships they endured in pursuit of their passions--from Albert Einstein's divorce and his move to America during the Nazi rise to power in Germany, to Marie Curie's struggle to obtain an education in Russian-occupied Poland. The author also discusses unexpected opportunities, like Charles Darwin's life-altering voyage on the Beagle. Bayarri infuses cartoon illustrations with historical details that should open up class discussion about world events--such as Curie taking her X-ray machine to the front lines of World War I to assist injured soldiers. Back matter includes an archival photo or image of the scientist, as well as a glossary, a time line, an index, and a list of further resources. These first titles in the series highlight only one woman and no people of color--hopefully future installments will address these deficits. VERDICT These simple introductions to famous figures of science may lead students to explore further.--School Library Journal

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Graphic Science Biographies