Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery

Sterling. Oct. 2019. 96p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781454937579.
Gr 2-6–Williams charts Darwin’s exciting voyage aboard the Beagle and across the world, sharing the many wonders that led him to create the evolutionary theory we still refer to today. The passages about the inner workings of the Beagle provide many details about the ship including everything they brought to how some modifications were made to ensure a smoother voyage. Once readers get past these sections, the book takes a beautiful and imaginative turn, showcasing gorgeous minimalist illustrations of the many animals and natural discoveries Darwin made during the journey. Maps guide readers to each destination, and stories provide more insight into the dangers that Darwin and the Beagle crew faced. The rest of the book is filled with rich details, and the impeccably organized text isn’t typically found in elementary-level titles about Darwin.
VERDICT An inspiring purchase for upper elementary and middle school nonfiction collections.

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