by Deborah Hopkinson
illustrated by Nancy Harrison
This entry in the popular "Who Was...?" series presents a kid-friendly introduction to the life and passions of Charles Darwin, who hated school as a child and often found daydreaming of his real love: the natural world.
Readers learn about Darwin's time aboard the Beagle (incl frequent sea-sickness) and about how his many discoveries along the coastlines of Africa, South America, and the Galapagos Islands led to his groundbreaking ideas.
Hopkinson's text is readable, engaging, and paired with a generous amount of illustrations. This wouldn't be our top choice in this category, but it is a fine option if you'd like to emphasize Darwin's passion and talents.
Interest Level: Grade 2-5 Lexile Measure: 760L
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