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The dawn of life
Bailey, Jacqui.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 pages ; color illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 0.5 55226.
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QH325 .B324 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Dawn of Life follows life on its evolutionary journey from a few single-celled organisms afloat in the ocean to a dynamic profusion of plants, insects, reptiles and more. The Dawn of Life is part of A Cartoon History of the Earth. Each book closes with a timeline, a comprehensive glossary and an index. Scientific consultants, chosen for their particular areas of expertise, have verified all the factual information. Combined with humorous dialogue and comic-strip illustrations, each book in the series is at once entertaining, engaging and -- educational!

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Straightforward and lighthearted, these books in the Cartoon History of the Earth series use comic-style art and brief text to follow contemporary theory, from the Big Bang and how life developed on this planet to humans' spread across the planet and the beginnings of civilization and trade. The nicely designed books use bold caps and asterisked notes within the text, offering the added bits of information and explanation to help readers understand key points. With no more than six panels to the folio-sized page, there's no crowding. Fittingly, human beings are largely absent from the pictures in the first three volumes (a green hand directs readers to added notes), but rocks, bacteria, dinosaurs, and fish, all expressively drawn, provide plenty of commentary and a bit of humor in speech balloons. Children will want to begin at the beginning and carry right on through history. --Francisca Goldsmith

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-With slang expressions and onomatopoeia such as "yep," "phew," "splat," "whoosh," "woweee," and "yoo-hoo" throughout, these humorous presentations will lose readers who hate personifications and comic-book art, but will engage those who find science too dry and perfunctory. Cartoon fans will fall for these over-the-edge presentations and find themselves understanding the basic concepts. Dialogue balloons, fact boxes, and paragraphs of text share space with several illustrations per page, offering information in bites rather than straight narration. Well-organized, The Birth of the Earth transitions well to The Dawn of Life.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.