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Animals Charles Darwin Saw

by Sandra Markle
San Francisco (CA): Chronicle Books, 2009. 45 pages.

For his part, reviewer Ben Roberts found Animals Charles Darwin Saw to be clearly written if sometimes dry, punctuated with interesting anecdotes, and ornamented with colorful and interesting illustrations, although the map of the voyage of the Beagle should have been more prominent. Fourth-grade children to whom he read the book enjoyed the anecdotes but regarded Darwin unappealing as a person (“just some crazy dude”), and Roberts concluded that “Markle could have done a better job of conveying who Darwin was as a human being—his upbringing, experiences, and dreams.” Overall, he recommended the book as “a nice addition to any school library’s shelves.”