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EVOLUTION by Daniel Loxton


How We and All Living Things Came to Be

by Daniel Loxton & illustrated by Daniel Loxton with Jim W.W. Smith

Age Range: 10 - 13

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-55453-430-2
Publisher: Kids Can

A quick once-over of this hot-button topic, though strongly argued if superficial and oddly illustrated. Pointedly dismissing Intelligent Design and not even bothering to “teach the controversy,” Loxton explains in nontechnical language the current understanding of how species evolve through Natural Selection—which he rightly defines as “survival of the adequate.” After showing how applecart-upsetting evidence of extinct animals and the geologic scale of time led to “Darwin’s Big Idea,” he describes the processes of selection in answers to a series of skeptically posed questions like, “How could evolution produce something as complicated as my eyes?” However, not only does he fail to provide any source notes or links to further resources, he leaves readers largely in the dark about evolution’s genetic mechanism. Furthermore, the illustrations are a patchwork jumble of color photos, sketchy diagrams, awkwardly drawn cartoon figures and uncommonly photorealistic portraits of prehistoric creatures. Better-founded introductions like Robert Winston’s Evolution Revolution: From Darwin to DNA (2009) or Kristan Lawson’s Darwin and Evolution for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (2003) will likely edge out this one in the struggle to survive. (Nonfiction. 10-13)