- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press (11 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986288403
- ISBN-13: 978-1250113238
- ASIN: 1250113237
- Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 1 x 22.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This groundbreaking volume makes the complex theory of evolution accessible to young children. . . . a truly inclusive work. The words and illustrations work beautifully together, showcasing the abilities of our ancestors and asking readers and listeners if they can do these same actions. . . . Exemplary back matter includes a colorful, clearly labeled double-page diagram titled 'Our Evolutionary Family Tree, ' which is excellent for close examination and discussion; examples of how to explain concepts of evolution to children; and suggestions for correcting common misunderstandings. VERDICT This selection can be revisited again and again as students refine their understanding of evolution. Highly recommended for homes, schools, and libraries." --School Library Journal
"With simple text and vibrant, cheerful illustrations, this picture book offers a lively, accessible introduction to the theory of evolution to younger children. Opening with Grandmother Fish, who 'lived a long, long, long, long, long time ago' and could wiggle and chomp, the text continues with direct-address questions ('Can you wiggle?'), which encourage animated read-alouds and active participation, as well as bold-type key terms. Grandmother Fish had many 'grandchildren, ' like Grandmother Reptile, who could wiggle, chomp, and crawl . . . and breathe air. In similar fashion, readers progressively meet Grandmother Mammal, Grandmother Ape, and, eventually, Grandmother Human (who could walk and talk), whose grandchildren can do all that and more. The enthusiastic narrator then says, 'I see one of them right here!' and the accompanying illustration depicts a diverse group of smiling kids and adults. Though this is a complicated topic, the simplified presentation, cumulative format, and scrutiny-inviting visuals nicely illustrate evolutionary connections and provide a great starting point for further discussions. Back matter, geared toward adults, offers information on the book's content and suggestions to help further explain concepts." --Booklist
"A dynamite job . . . gorgeously illustrated . . . Grandmother Fish is a fun way to start children down a path of scientific literacy and, what's more, can help instill in them a vital sense of connection with the living world." --NPR
"Another GeekMom sent this to me and I fell in love. It is a wonderful, simple, beautiful introduction to evolution for young children. ... Gorgeous contribution to science education and understanding!" --GeekMom
"A lovely contribution to scientific literacy." --Steven Pinker, author of How the Mind Works and professor of psychology (Harvard University)
"Much needed!" --David Sloan Wilson, editor-in-chief of Evolution: This View of Life
"When my 5-year-old daughter asked, 'Who was the first person, and how was he or she borned?' I struggled to explain. Then I got Grandmother Fish, read it to her, and she loved it. This book fills a great need for parents, and answers a question many kids wonder about." --Jonathan Haidt, New York University, author of The Righteous Mind
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"Grandmother Fish evokes a sense of profound (and playful) connection to our deep time ancestors that ignites the imagination of all ages!" --Jennifer Morgan, author, president of Deep Time Journey Network
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we read it as soon as it was dropped off. I'll admit, it's incredibly difficult to tailor this sort of discussion to a 3yo, but that's how this book is marketed so I am going to review it as a book for 3 year olds.
I just don't think it does a great job. My daughter was much more confused after reading this, how the heck does grandmother reptile have a mammal baby? Why? It makes it seem like a very quick process, like grandma fish just gave birth to a reptile. She didn't understand any part of the story the way it was written. She did like the actions - wiggling like a fish, hooting like an ape - but the idea that we share some of those characteristics with our ancient relatives was lost on her. The illustrations are nice.
In the end, My approach was to focus only on the apes and humans pages. I talked her through how grandma ape had so many different kinds of babies, and one looked a little more like a human than the others. And then that ape had a lot of babies, and one of those babies looked even more like a human. Then I showed her that classic "Evolution of Man" picture and that seemed to clear things up a bit more. Now she knows that before there were babies, there were apes. It seems like the authors could have explored one step in evolution in more depth so the process was clearer.
But - I am happy that these sorts of books are being written, and I applaud the authors for their respect of young kids' true curiosity about the world around them. :)
This is a beautiful, simple, easy to understand book. It's interactive, in a sense, "Did you drink mommy's milk? Can you hoot?" it kept my kids interested (1&4) and really lays down a foundation of learning based on fact. Planting seeds and what not.
There are a few negative reviews, that's from the science illiterate who have NOT read or purchased this book. While reading reviewsome keep in mind that we live in a society where evolution is controversy.