On the Origin of Species, Young Reader's Edition
On the Origin of Species, Young Reader's Edition
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Annotation: Introduces younger audiences to Darwin's groundbreaking study on ecology and evolution, complemented by modern scientific insights.
Genre: [Biology]
Catalog Number: #168327
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: White, Teagan,
Pages: 170 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-481-46249-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-481-46249-5
Dewey: 576.8
LCCN: 2017042047
Dimensions: 27 x 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This handsome, oversize book offers a young readers' edition of Darwin's classic, adapted by Stefoff. In the introduction, she explains that her process involved shortening the text by removing outdated sections and multiple examples supporting aspects of his theory. She also simplified the writing somewhat, while preserving "as much of Darwin's original language as possible." In addition to her many useful notes in the margins, commenting on words and phrases highlighted in the text, she has added sidebars and full-page articles usually intended to bring the science up to date, discussing topics such as continental drift, DNA, and the term species as used by Darwin, his contemporaries, and scientists today. Most of the spacious double-page spreads feature one or more illustrations, including many color photos as well as period drawings, prints, and photos. An ever-increasing number of science books introduce Darwin's work to young readers. The strength of this attractive volume is that it gives them direct access to Darwin's words on the topic of natural selection, along with informative updates and explanations.
Horn Book
Darwin's groundbreaking argument for biological evolution is made accessible for today's teens, with edits for language and length and the removal of now-inaccurate ideas. After a brief biographical introduction, Stefoff's adapted text follows the structure of Darwin's original but is augmented with well-captioned photographs and diagrams, helpful annotations, and sidebars that explain the work of his contemporaries and today's modern understandings. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
The bible of evolution theory—condensed, glossed, furnished with updates, and enlivened with vivid photos and images.Darwin's magnum opus needs all the enlivening it can get, as even with considerable editorial work—which includes a substantial introduction, cutting two-thirds of the original text by removing outdated passages and excessive examples, combining chapters, defining unfamiliar words or usages in the margins, and reshaping some of the language—what remains is a lucid but dry mix of (now, at least) cautious claims and undocumented observations: "Mysterious laws govern the way variations occur within a species" Big, bright nature photos or period engravings and paintings on nearly every large spread do inject some juice, even if many seem more decorative than functional. More helpfully, supplemented by the occasional diagram, Stefoff's frequent glosses and boxed side essays unpack major concepts, add historical context, explain how later scientific discoveries modify or support Darwin's broad picture, and even studiously point out where the author went wrong. Young readers seeking to understand Darwin's revolutionary insights and how he achieved them will have no trouble finding more concise accounts (including Stefoff's own Charles Darwin and the Evolution Revolution, 1996), if none at once so handsomely presented and so close to the source.Old news, even to younger audiences, but a glossy edition of one of science's most fundamental works. (index, glossary, print and web resources) (Nonfiction. 13-17)
Publishers Weekly
This attractive, oversize adaptation of Charles Darwin-s classic work of science has been shortened, updated, and streamlined for clarity and readability. Stefoff-s introduction provides biographical detail about Darwin and how the naturalist-s excursions on the HMS Beagle were instrumental to his theory-s development. She also describes the fundamental concepts behind Darwin-s -Big Idea- as well as its significant controversy. Vocabulary words appear in bold throughout the text, while sidebars and supplemental sections delve into related topics: myths and misinterpretations of evolution; how modern research has deepened scientific understanding of evolutionary processes; and the concept of -artificial selection- as it applies to modern dogs. Bright photographs and illustrations of plants, animals, and habitats provide an expansive and inviting visual element. With valuable modifications and enhancements, Stefoff preserves the richness of Darwin-s content for contemporary young readers. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)

Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 164) and index.
Word Count: 43,080
Reading Level: 8.5
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.5 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 502668 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 1140L
Guided Reading Level: S
On the Origin of Species

Wheat still produces new variations, even though it has been domesticated for ten thousand years or so.

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Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking On the Origin of Species is now available in an accessible, illustrated edition for young readers that includes an introduction, glossary, modern insight and information, and more!

Charles Darwin’s famous theory of natural selection shook the world of science to its core, challenging centuries of orthodox beliefs about life itself. Darwin’s boundary-shattering treatise was captured in On the Origin of Species, originally published in 1859, a groundbreaking and detailed study on ecological interrelatedness, the complexity of animal and plant life, and the realities of evolution.

This Young Reader’s Edition makes Darwin’s cornerstone of modern science accessible to readers of all ages. Meticulously curated to honor Darwin’s original text, this compelling edition also provides contemporary insight, photographs, illustrations, and more. This adaptation is a must-have for any reader with a curious mind and the desire to explore one of the most influential books of our time.

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