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Although he didn’t do very well at school, Charles Darwin was passionately curious about wildlife, humans, and plants. After a journey to South America, he developed his landmark theory: that all living things are related. Today, he is regarded as one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived, and a hero to those who dare to think differently. This inspiring book fea Although he didn’t do very well at school, Charles Darwin was passionately curious about wildlife, humans, and plants. After a journey to South America, he developed his landmark theory: that all living things are related. Today, he is regarded as one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived, and a hero to those who dare to think differently. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the iconic naturalist’s life. ​"Pequeña & Grande" (aka "Little People, Big Dreams") is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.


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Although he didn’t do very well at school, Charles Darwin was passionately curious about wildlife, humans, and plants. After a journey to South America, he developed his landmark theory: that all living things are related. Today, he is regarded as one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived, and a hero to those who dare to think differently. This inspiring book fea Although he didn’t do very well at school, Charles Darwin was passionately curious about wildlife, humans, and plants. After a journey to South America, he developed his landmark theory: that all living things are related. Today, he is regarded as one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived, and a hero to those who dare to think differently. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the iconic naturalist’s life. ​"Pequeña & Grande" (aka "Little People, Big Dreams") is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

30 review for Charles Darwin

  1. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    5★ “Charles was 28 years old when he penned one of the most shocking ideas of his time: that one species changes into another. It was the first step to put down on paper a revolutionary theory that explained how life on Earth works.” This is another simple biography of a man who was responsible for one of the most revolutionary ideas of his time. Evolution. I sure hope this makes it into schools everywhere to counteract those who close their eyes, put their fingers in their ears, and sing LA-LA-LA 5★ “Charles was 28 years old when he penned one of the most shocking ideas of his time: that one species changes into another. It was the first step to put down on paper a revolutionary theory that explained how life on Earth works.” This is another simple biography of a man who was responsible for one of the most revolutionary ideas of his time. Evolution. I sure hope this makes it into schools everywhere to counteract those who close their eyes, put their fingers in their ears, and sing LA-LA-LA-LA when someone mentions the E word. He was born into a family of scientists and began wondering about nature very early. “Had worms always crawled on the ground? He wanted to find out!” Teachers were then teaching that plants and animals appeared on earth at the same time. His father wanted him to be a doctor, like him, but poor Charles couldn’t stand the sight of blood. Charles at medical school, having fainted during an operation So it was back to nature and wildlife for him. In 1831, he was invited to sail on a scientific expedition on the HMS Beagle, surely one of the most famous ships in history, now. Charles, off to Africa, South America, and Australia On the now famous Galapagos Islands, he noticed birds who seemed related but had differences. “On the Galápagos Islands, he met dozens of families of finches and mockingbirds. Those who ate insects had pointed beaks, while those who loved fruits had curved beaks. ‘What if these species shared the same ancestor?“’Charles thought.” He was only a young fellow while he was on this voyage, so I imagine he probably seemed a bit wild-eyed. But after five years of exploration, he developed a theory. Charles, at 28, figuring things out He worked out that all living things change over time, what we now call evolution. The famous evolution of man, culminating in Charles himself! Natural selection, is what he called the process by which faster rabbits and smarter foxes survive to breed fast and smart offspring. Charles, watching a speedy rabbit scamper away from a small group being stalked by a fox Eventually, he put it all together. “It took Charles almost a lifetime to collect all his ideas in a book called On the Origin of Species. It was one of the most important books ever written and a fascinating read for anyone who wanted to understand the secret life of nature.” Little Charles, looking ‘over the shoulder’ of today’s scientists, knew that “knowledge takes more courage than ignorance . . . but the truth is always worth it.” As I said, this should be in every school! Even adults will enjoy the quirky drawings, and it may even help some to understand the concept. As always, there is a short text biography at the end with four real photographs. An excellent addition to the collection. Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto’s Frances Lincoln Children’s books for the preview copy from which I have so liberally shared illustrations. I think readers need to see what they’re getting with a picture book – it’s not as if I’m spoiling the plot, is it?!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This series is always a joy to read, it’s a really nice introduction to well known people for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but that’s to be expected and it’s totally understandable. This little book is about Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who we all have to thank for the theory of evolution and the one about natural selection. This book really shows how won The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This series is always a joy to read, it’s a really nice introduction to well known people for little children. Of course the plot is always a little bit fast but that’s to be expected and it’s totally understandable. This little book is about Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist who we all have to thank for the theory of evolution and the one about natural selection. This book really shows how wonderful it is to think outside the box, because as we know, having the courage to swim against the tide is what can lead you to world-changing discoveries.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Haider

    Yet another Little People, Big Dreams book for the little budding scientist in your life! In this picture book, kids can learn about the life of Charles Darwin and how his curiosity about animals developed into his theories about evolution including survival of the fittest. The book is full of colorful illustrations highlighting various moments in Darwin's life. The book also includes a timeline with photos so, if the kids want to dig deeper, they can. We love these books! Thank you to the publi Yet another Little People, Big Dreams book for the little budding scientist in your life! In this picture book, kids can learn about the life of Charles Darwin and how his curiosity about animals developed into his theories about evolution including survival of the fittest. The book is full of colorful illustrations highlighting various moments in Darwin's life. The book also includes a timeline with photos so, if the kids want to dig deeper, they can. We love these books! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Charles Darwin is one of the latest installments in the amazing Little People Big Dreams series by the amazing Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. This installment focuses on Charles Darwin from being a little boy and how he discovered natural selection. I love how these books are simplified for younger children in a biographical sense, enabling them to follow, understand and absorb t I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Charles Darwin is one of the latest installments in the amazing Little People Big Dreams series by the amazing Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. This installment focuses on Charles Darwin from being a little boy and how he discovered natural selection. I love how these books are simplified for younger children in a biographical sense, enabling them to follow, understand and absorb the stories and which also spark interest and questions from the child too. This series is a must for every school library and I for one cannot get enough of them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    This is a great picture book to introduce Darwin and his ideas, with just the right amount of text to give kids a good idea of his childhood, life and ideas, without bogging them down with too much. This is one of my favorite books of this series. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    The exceptional Little People, BIG DREAMS series prides itself on providing child-friendly biographies of renowned public figures and celebrities and in this, the fifty-third book in the series, we explore the life and times of Charles Darwin, one of the most prominent scientists to have ever lived, his life and times, and his astonishing legacy. Despite being one of the most famous and inspirational people on the planet having achieved incredible things, it's important to remember that he start The exceptional Little People, BIG DREAMS series prides itself on providing child-friendly biographies of renowned public figures and celebrities and in this, the fifty-third book in the series, we explore the life and times of Charles Darwin, one of the most prominent scientists to have ever lived, his life and times, and his astonishing legacy. Despite being one of the most famous and inspirational people on the planet having achieved incredible things, it's important to remember that he started life out in life as just a child with a dream. This potted biography runs from his birth, early years and the beginning of his love affair with nature. I have read almost all the books so far in the series and I would mark this one as the most important and empowering so far. What's impressive is there is just enough here to enable a child to become curious yet not enough to overwhelm, and the colourful, fun illustrationscomplement the text perfectly. It's an educational and entertaining read that empowers young ones to pursue their dreams without limits and inspires children to dream bigger and realise their fullest potential, by introducing them to extraordinary people throughout history. It's a wonderfully engaging and simple to understand book that also helps kids with literacy and fosters an enjoyment of reading. You simply cannot go wrong with this series in general as everything is executed perfectly and tailored beautifully to youngsters. Highly recommended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    Charles Darwin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is the latest addition to the wonderful Little People, BIG DREAMS series. This time around, we learn of the famed scientist whose curiosity about the natural world led to the revolutionary theory that all things are related. I was fascinated to learn that Darwin once studied medicine but a fear of blood caused him to pursue his passion for exploring the science of the natural world instead. As always with this series, this short but informative pictur Charles Darwin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is the latest addition to the wonderful Little People, BIG DREAMS series. This time around, we learn of the famed scientist whose curiosity about the natural world led to the revolutionary theory that all things are related. I was fascinated to learn that Darwin once studied medicine but a fear of blood caused him to pursue his passion for exploring the science of the natural world instead. As always with this series, this short but informative picture book draws even the youngest of readers into the lives of people who have in some way changed the world, and who, of course, all began the journey as little people themselves. Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books for an ARC of this title.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    I love reading a good non-fiction book and Charles Darwin has always been an interesting soul. So why not mash those two together through another book by Maria?! Little People, Big Dreams is an incredibly awesome picture book series that features many famous, popular or incredible people who did amazing things! This time around it's Charles' turn! I found the illustrations in this book to be a little creepy, in my personal opinion, but the book itself is still great! You are bound to learn a lot I love reading a good non-fiction book and Charles Darwin has always been an interesting soul. So why not mash those two together through another book by Maria?! Little People, Big Dreams is an incredibly awesome picture book series that features many famous, popular or incredible people who did amazing things! This time around it's Charles' turn! I found the illustrations in this book to be a little creepy, in my personal opinion, but the book itself is still great! You are bound to learn a lot and fall in love with this series. Honestly, with so many books available there is definitely a book you'll love! Find a new famous person to learn about. Three out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    The exceptional Little People, BIG DREAMS series prides itself on providing child-friendly biographies of renowned public figures and celebrities and in this, the fifty-third book in the series, we explore the life and times of Charles Darwin, one of the most prominent scientists to have ever lived, his life and times, and his astonishing legacy. Despite being one of the most famous and inspirational people on the planet having achieved incredible things, it's important to remember that he start The exceptional Little People, BIG DREAMS series prides itself on providing child-friendly biographies of renowned public figures and celebrities and in this, the fifty-third book in the series, we explore the life and times of Charles Darwin, one of the most prominent scientists to have ever lived, his life and times, and his astonishing legacy. Despite being one of the most famous and inspirational people on the planet having achieved incredible things, it's important to remember that he started life out in life as just a child with a dream. This potted biography runs from his birth, early years and the beginning of his love affair with nature. I have read almost all the books so far in the series and I would mark this one as the most important and empowering so far. What's impressive is there is just enough here to enable a child to become curious yet not enough to overwhelm, and the colourful, fun illustrationscomplement the text perfectly. It's an educational and entertaining read that empowers young ones to pursue their dreams without limits and inspires children to dream bigger and realise their fullest potential, by introducing them to extraordinary people throughout history. It's a wonderfully engaging and simple to understand book that also helps kids with literacy and fosters an enjoyment of reading. You simply cannot go wrong with this series in general as everything is executed perfectly and tailored beautifully to youngsters. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    What a tough book to produce; even some 140 years after his death. Charles Darwin remains a controversial figure. Within this wonderful series ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ there must be space for this man. Thankfully he was born into an age of invention and discovery, within a family of scientists and professionals. But as the text suggests he placed knowledge before ignorance. He wasn’t afraid to share ideas based on things he had seen for himself. This is the mind of a scientist, to question, obs What a tough book to produce; even some 140 years after his death. Charles Darwin remains a controversial figure. Within this wonderful series ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ there must be space for this man. Thankfully he was born into an age of invention and discovery, within a family of scientists and professionals. But as the text suggests he placed knowledge before ignorance. He wasn’t afraid to share ideas based on things he had seen for himself. This is the mind of a scientist, to question, observe and theorise. As a boy he was imbued with a love of the natural world; yet he studied hard and as an obedient son looked to follow his father into medicine. Circumstances made him change courses and he was more at home among plants, animals and nature. His name was put forward to join a scientific exploration across the Southern Oceans. Still a young man his quest for new experiences, first-hand research and to be able to witness his love in strange and exotic locations was assured when he joined the crew of HMS Beagle at Christmas 1831. This is another good mix of text and illustration that brings the story to a young and imaginative reader. Often we fail to remember people were once children themselves. I believe the material here will help young minds identify with a Charles in his early life. This is key in these books to inspire the next generation. Parents can share life lessons and find in these books lives with a skill, a love for, a fascination with can with determination make a difference. As always a more detailed potted summary is provided and in this one recommendations for two further books ideal for young people to study this man’s life and influence.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I love the variety of subjects in the "Little People, Big Dreams" series. Charles Darwin is a controversial person when dealing with many religions. He was a scientist who realized how evolution works and is the author of the famous "The Origin of Species". He became interested in nature when he was only a young boy. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but that didn't work out. He traveled around the world observing animals in their natural habitat. What a wonderful way to make your mark on th I love the variety of subjects in the "Little People, Big Dreams" series. Charles Darwin is a controversial person when dealing with many religions. He was a scientist who realized how evolution works and is the author of the famous "The Origin of Species". He became interested in nature when he was only a young boy. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but that didn't work out. He traveled around the world observing animals in their natural habitat. What a wonderful way to make your mark on the world by doing something you love. This was a very simplistic story which is perfect for young children. I have to say that I did not really like the illustrations in this one. I spent most of the time looking at the ears of the human characters. It took a lot away from the story for me. When I read this with my grandson, every time I turned a page, he burst out laughing and made a comment about the ears. I think this is a great additions to the series, but if the children spend more time laughing about the illustrations, the subject may not be absorbed. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    Charles Darwin is the latest book in the Little People, Big Dreams series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. I have read about Charles in the past, so I enjoyed reading about his life as a Naturalist and his discovery of Natural Selection and Evolution. I'm yet to read On The Origin Of Species but hope to soon. Thanks to NetGalley for my digital copy. Charles Darwin is the latest book in the Little People, Big Dreams series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. I have read about Charles in the past, so I enjoyed reading about his life as a Naturalist and his discovery of Natural Selection and Evolution. I'm yet to read On The Origin Of Species but hope to soon. Thanks to NetGalley for my digital copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    With each volume of this collection I become more and more in love with these gems. They are simple books, suitable for a more childish public. It's undoubtedly an obligatory reading, in fact, the whole collection is. I highly recommend that all parents buy one or the other copy of this collection, they are sources of knowledge. This particular volume turned out to be a lot of fun. Mainly for me that always had a special affection for Darwin. I recommend this book, whether for the youngest or the With each volume of this collection I become more and more in love with these gems. They are simple books, suitable for a more childish public. It's undoubtedly an obligatory reading, in fact, the whole collection is. I highly recommend that all parents buy one or the other copy of this collection, they are sources of knowledge. This particular volume turned out to be a lot of fun. Mainly for me that always had a special affection for Darwin. I recommend this book, whether for the youngest or the most adult. This book is still a good reading, one of those readings that with few pages we learn a lot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lavelle

    Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. Another absolute gem to add to The Little People, Big Dreams cannon. Now, there might be those that would argue that Charles Darwin might not hold much interest for such young readers, but I don’t subscribe to that opinion. During the 2020 pandemic lockdown, when we were all attempting to home school our children, the English Heritage did a series entitled History at Home, which Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. Another absolute gem to add to The Little People, Big Dreams cannon. Now, there might be those that would argue that Charles Darwin might not hold much interest for such young readers, but I don’t subscribe to that opinion. During the 2020 pandemic lockdown, when we were all attempting to home school our children, the English Heritage did a series entitled History at Home, which they took a topic each week, got an expert on that topic, and discussed it for 1 hour, along with video and diagrams etc. My sons loved it, and one week the topic was Charles Darwin. My eldest in particular was fascinated by him and still asks questions now 6 months on. So I definitely think Mr Darwin is worthy of his place in this series, and the book is certainly right up there with their high standards of excellence. Really, really love these little books and I play a little game with myself of guessing who’s coming next. I enjoy reading them to my children, but I also enjoy reading them for myself as well.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elif

    Learning about Charles Darwin with this beautiful book was so much fun! I find myself smiling because of the illustrations. This is a nice mix of educational text and fun. I'll be looking out for the Little People, Big Dreams books from now on. Learning about Charles Darwin with this beautiful book was so much fun! I find myself smiling because of the illustrations. This is a nice mix of educational text and fun. I'll be looking out for the Little People, Big Dreams books from now on.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 5th January 2021 – publication day! I have read almost all of the books in this series now and each time I see there is a new release I am genuinely excited! This series is one of my favourites for children and I love the insight they can get to famous people either in the present, or those that have passed away and I love it covers all walks of life and backgrounds from music and the arts to scientific discoveries - which is the focus on this latest relea Review to be added to Amazon UK and US on 5th January 2021 – publication day! I have read almost all of the books in this series now and each time I see there is a new release I am genuinely excited! This series is one of my favourites for children and I love the insight they can get to famous people either in the present, or those that have passed away and I love it covers all walks of life and backgrounds from music and the arts to scientific discoveries - which is the focus on this latest release. This book features Charles Darwin and his scientific discoveries which lead to him publishing his now very famous book, On the Origin of Species - his theory of evolution. The book has just enough content to give a very brief overview of what he discovered and if that sparks interest and you want to fins out more it is a great starting point and I love the facts section at the end that gives the mini biography. I liked the images in the book and they bring the story to life - it is 4 stars from me for this one - another great addition to the series!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    I am torn about this one. Yes, this is broadly Charles Darwin and a short explanation of evolution, suitable for children. It's an important topic, and so it's great to have your toddler learn it early on. I am not sure what to do with the depiction of Darwin as a child, questioning the Genesis in seven days as the bible teaches it - and that's not due to any theological criticism of mine, but history. If I am informed correctly, Darwin believed and for a long time was torn about his findings be I am torn about this one. Yes, this is broadly Charles Darwin and a short explanation of evolution, suitable for children. It's an important topic, and so it's great to have your toddler learn it early on. I am not sure what to do with the depiction of Darwin as a child, questioning the Genesis in seven days as the bible teaches it - and that's not due to any theological criticism of mine, but history. If I am informed correctly, Darwin believed and for a long time was torn about his findings because they seemed to contradict what he always had been told and accepted. Of course, I am not into modern history and not an expert on that subject, and it might be I am all wrong about that. My rambling aside, this is a short and comprehensible biography of Charles Darwin to get toddlers interested in the topic, with beautiful pictures and at the back of the book a timeline and suggested further reading material if you want to dive deeper. This series is awesome, and I fully recommend it. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I really enjoyed reading this children's picture book about Charles Darwin and how he rose to fame by doing his scientific work. The book is informative and educational and I learned a lot from it. The illustrations in the book are lovely too. Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading this children's picture book about Charles Darwin and how he rose to fame by doing his scientific work. The book is informative and educational and I learned a lot from it. The illustrations in the book are lovely too. Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: December 4, 2020 Publication date: January 5, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book fr Date reviewed/posted: December 4, 2020 Publication date: January 5, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. From the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Charles Darwin, the scientist who changed the way people see the world. Although he didn’t do very well at school, Charles Darwin was passionately curious about wildlife, humans, and plants. After a journey to South America, he developed his landmark theory: that all living things are related. Today, he is regarded as one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived, and a hero to those who dare to think differently. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the iconic naturalist’s life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS! This is an incredible series of books that will appeal to parents, kids and new readers of English alike. Darwin was an interesting person and this book shows (with great illustrations) his life and work. Buy this book – buy the whole series – your kids will thank you as it will inspire them to conquer the world. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🐸 🐸 🐸 🐸 🐸

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This was a great little introduction into the life and studies of Charles Darwin. I read this title alongside my 4 year old, his first brush with the idea of evolution and the concept of scientists not simply knowing the answers but having to investigate and test their theories to establish answers! It was a wonderful moment to see the tiny wheels turning in his head as he pieced together the information that Darwin took a boat to a foreign land and studied the physical properties of animals, co This was a great little introduction into the life and studies of Charles Darwin. I read this title alongside my 4 year old, his first brush with the idea of evolution and the concept of scientists not simply knowing the answers but having to investigate and test their theories to establish answers! It was a wonderful moment to see the tiny wheels turning in his head as he pieced together the information that Darwin took a boat to a foreign land and studied the physical properties of animals, comparing them to each other and came up with ideas about them, building his thoughts and science from there. As a mom, and self-proclaimed science nerd, to be there at the very ground floor of that realization, with this little book? Was one of the great joys of educating my kiddo! We immediately had to look up the Galapagos on a map and investigate further, which is what any great book will do, in my opinion, send you rushing to eagerly learn more. Charles Darwin, with its beautiful, darling illustrations and concise and entertaining information for early to middle elementary aged students, is a valuable addition to any education program, personal library or reading list for those seeking a quick introduction to important, impactful names in history and science that changed the world as we know it. I was provided a copy of Charles Darwin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara in an electronic format by NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. I very much appreciate the opportunity to read and review this title.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Lynch

    This book is part of the Little People, Big Dreams series of books and I love the imagery throughout. The design is fun and engaging, and was a delight to read to my son, though I would just read it for myself too! It is an excellent and succinct introduction to Charles Darwin's highly regarded work on Natural Selection/The Theory of Evolution. I love the way you see him develop from a small child at school to where he ended up, and the facts and history at the end are an added bonus. We particula This book is part of the Little People, Big Dreams series of books and I love the imagery throughout. The design is fun and engaging, and was a delight to read to my son, though I would just read it for myself too! It is an excellent and succinct introduction to Charles Darwin's highly regarded work on Natural Selection/The Theory of Evolution. I love the way you see him develop from a small child at school to where he ended up, and the facts and history at the end are an added bonus. We particularly liked this book as it it thought that Charles Darwin may have had ADHD, which is a subject close to our hearts. The book, and the series in general is brilliant for introducing children to amazing people and how they started, and are a great way of children absorbing and remembering information about them. They are also very inspiring as they see exceptional people for the little children they once were, just like them, it definitely makes the stories more relatable. I loved this book and will continue to seek out more for both my child and me! Many thanks to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books for an advance review copy in return for an honest opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Charles Darwin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is another release in the Little People, Big Dreams series, which I have reviewed frequently on here. I just love these little books. They are always packed with facts about the person who they are writing about and full of colourful illustrations throughout. This book is about Charles Darwin, who was passionate and curious about wildlife, humans, and plants. After a journey to South America, he developed his landmark theory: that all living things ar Charles Darwin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is another release in the Little People, Big Dreams series, which I have reviewed frequently on here. I just love these little books. They are always packed with facts about the person who they are writing about and full of colourful illustrations throughout. This book is about Charles Darwin, who was passionate and curious about wildlife, humans, and plants. After a journey to South America, he developed his landmark theory: that all living things are related. Today, he is regarded as one of the most brilliant scientists who ever lived, and a hero to those who dare to think differently. I found this little book full of easy to read, with great Illustrations throughout this small book. It's one you should definitely buy for your little readers so they can learn about this wonderful life of iconic naturalist. I am so glad these books are being published and I highly recommend all of these books Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    This series hits somewhat controversial ground – for all the centuries' proof of the theory of evolution, some school libraries in the Bible Belt will have cancelled their subscription to these books upon seeing Darwin's life as a scientist being celebrated. The world's most important naturalist (until Sir David Attenborough, who's already had a book like this) is shown here starting humbly, as we all must do, and ending up known throughout the world, and still an influence on our life today. It This series hits somewhat controversial ground – for all the centuries' proof of the theory of evolution, some school libraries in the Bible Belt will have cancelled their subscription to these books upon seeing Darwin's life as a scientist being celebrated. The world's most important naturalist (until Sir David Attenborough, who's already had a book like this) is shown here starting humbly, as we all must do, and ending up known throughout the world, and still an influence on our life today. It's the story we all (should) know, and while it's too short to include other people who thought like he did once he'd got round to publishing his theories, it does show the man's life perfectly succinctly for the young reader. The artist really needs to grow out of their weird thing with ears, however.

  24. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    The books in this series offer great information to young children. This entry is about Charles Darwin. Young readers will learn about his curiosity, questioning and scientific achievements. They will discover some interesting facts; for example that Darwin left medical school because he could not cope with the sight of blood! Children will travel on the voyage of the Beagle. They will learn a bit about evolution as well. A lot is covered in this title entry in a terrific series. The illustration The books in this series offer great information to young children. This entry is about Charles Darwin. Young readers will learn about his curiosity, questioning and scientific achievements. They will discover some interesting facts; for example that Darwin left medical school because he could not cope with the sight of blood! Children will travel on the voyage of the Beagle. They will learn a bit about evolution as well. A lot is covered in this title entry in a terrific series. The illustrations will also engage the reader. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley. Part of the Little People, BIG DREAMS biography set for elementary level readers. Vegara introduces readers to Darwin when he was a child. She shares his early interest in nature and how that played into his life's work. Readers see him grow up and grow in knowledge until he presents his ideas about how natural beings evolve to survive. Informative text and timeline at the end of the bo I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley. Part of the Little People, BIG DREAMS biography set for elementary level readers. Vegara introduces readers to Darwin when he was a child. She shares his early interest in nature and how that played into his life's work. Readers see him grow up and grow in knowledge until he presents his ideas about how natural beings evolve to survive. Informative text and timeline at the end of the book to learn more. The illustrations are geared for elementary level readers and support the text.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    A lovely introduction to Charles Darwin and his life I enjoy the "Little People Big Dreams" series. This book focuses on Charles Darwin: his upbringing, his life, and his life's work, "On the origin of species". The illustrations are detailed and colorful, and this book is quite enjoyable. I feel like kids will learn a lot from this. I was a bit sad to see the book did not cover the initial hardships after publication, but I guess that would have been too much detail. An interesting books for kid A lovely introduction to Charles Darwin and his life I enjoy the "Little People Big Dreams" series. This book focuses on Charles Darwin: his upbringing, his life, and his life's work, "On the origin of species". The illustrations are detailed and colorful, and this book is quite enjoyable. I feel like kids will learn a lot from this. I was a bit sad to see the book did not cover the initial hardships after publication, but I guess that would have been too much detail. An interesting books for kids to learn about Darwin!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I am a huge fan of this series, and this book definitely did not disappoint - in fact, I think it is my favourite out of the books in the series I have read. The illustrations as always are impeccable, but I found in this book I was hooked by the story itself too and I learnt lots of new things! I hope everyone else loves it as much as I did!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emma Nelson

    The little people books are fantastic for sharing with children - in this case, my class. Charles Darwin's discoveries changed the world's thought process on evolution. The story shares Charles' family history, how he set off on a long journey via sea and how his discoveries changed the world. The illustrations are detailed and wonderful and the writing is easy to understand. I love the extra information at the back of the book. The little people books are fantastic for sharing with children - in this case, my class. Charles Darwin's discoveries changed the world's thought process on evolution. The story shares Charles' family history, how he set off on a long journey via sea and how his discoveries changed the world. The illustrations are detailed and wonderful and the writing is easy to understand. I love the extra information at the back of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nads

    Having taught the subject of Evolution and Inheritance for 6 years now, I have often searched for child friendly books for both interactive displays and lesson plans and now I finally have a totally appropriate book for my children. Illustrated beautifully in a fun and engaging way, this book gives the basic facts that primary school children need to know about evolution and inheritance and I definitely recommend teachers, parents and educators everywhere purchase this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie Young

    Read this book with my 6 and 4 year olds as we love the books in the 'Little People, Big Dreams' books. Another beautifully illustrated book with colours slightly more muted than others in the series. My girls enjoyed it but I think they were a little too young to understand about the science of evolution. I would recommend this book in the series for slightly older children and the start of a discussion on the subject for younger children. Read this book with my 6 and 4 year olds as we love the books in the 'Little People, Big Dreams' books. Another beautifully illustrated book with colours slightly more muted than others in the series. My girls enjoyed it but I think they were a little too young to understand about the science of evolution. I would recommend this book in the series for slightly older children and the start of a discussion on the subject for younger children.

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