The Second in the World to Discover Evolution: Alfred Russel Wallace

Yeehoo. Aug. 2022. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781953458384.
Gr 2-5–Not everyone can be the first to discover something: enter Alfred Russel Wallace, a couple of steps behind Charles Darwin. Phillips, in reference-style text more suitable to researching reports than story time, reveals Wallace’s studies of the natural world and his relationship to Darwin. Colorful illustrations accompany the brief biography, key ideas of evolution, and relevant terms. Throughout the pages, brief prompts are included to encourage young readers to engage with the material, with matching games, search games, and fun facts.
VERDICT While some may feel silly learning about someone who came in second, libraries interested in science-learning will find value in this volume as a study of collaboration and replication for future scientists.

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