Are you ready for International Darwin Day this Tuesday 12th February?
"International Darwin Day will inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. It will be a day of celebration, activism, and international cooperation for the advancement of science, education, and human well-being." International Darwin Day.
We've been reading Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva. It's the perfect way to educate our children about evolution and natural selection and celebrate the work of Charles Darwin and scientists worldwide! It's actually a picture book adaption of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (published in 1859 and is considered to be the foundation of evolutionary biology) - what a fantastic concept!!
Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species revolutionized our understanding of the natural world and this adaption allows us to explore Darwin's actual work but with a younger audience. I would say it's recommended for children 5-8 years but it really depends on their exposure to scientific concepts. Otis (7yrs) has a ferocious appetite for all things evolution so it's ideal for him. From a young age, I also like to expose my children to real, historical or otherwise, scientific language, so I wouldn't hesitate to read this to a younger child.
Darwin's words are used but the concept is elegantly explained with simple text and illustrations. The illustrations complement the narrative perfectly and although the text flows it's possible to stop and start as the children ask questions.
This book is so beautiful, the author, Sabrina Radeva, states "I think a beautiful book can awaken our curiosity". So true! Sabrina is not only the author/illustrator she is also a parent to two girls and has a degree in Molecular Biology. This really is a perfect book for your home or school library, as a gift or for the coffee table, most of all it's a great way to celebrate International Darwin Day!!
Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Sabrina Radeva is available now in the UK, but is released in the US in October, put it on your wishlist or preorder now. Our copy of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species is c/o Puffin Books. (In Australia I have the release date of 19th February 2019).