Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution – by Jonathan Tweet and illustrated by Karen Lewis


a1ucakn1gbl   Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution – by Jonathan Tweet and illustrated by Karen Lewis, Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan)  9781250113238, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: (1-5 5 is a starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a book about evolution that is written in a way that children will understand. At the back of the book, there is a note from the author helping parents talk about evolution and also a guide for parents to learn about evolution and explain it to their children. There is also a page with common misunderstandings about evolution that parents can read. The book itself is a child-centered book that is a response text. It asks children to wiggle like a fish or crawl like a reptile. It engages very young children and makes the concepts accessible. The illustrations are large and every few pages when the next step in evolution is talked about, children are asked to find the particular animal amongst a group of animals. Both parents and older children will like this book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The concept seems to be for older children, but the actions and illustrations seem geared to very young children.

To whom would you recommend this book: This is a good book for a kindergarten class. Children younger than that will find the concept too abstract.

Who should buy this book? Public and Elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes, this is a good book on evolution.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Oct. 31, 2016

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