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Darwin: With Glimpses into his Private Journal & Letters

by Alice B. McGinty
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009. 48 pages.

Reviewer Louise S. Mead recommends both of these books about Darwin’s life and work, aimed at children ages 6 to 9, both of which appealingly incorporate excerpts from Darwin’s journals. What Mr. Darwin Saw “is a fun picture book [with] ... whimsical colorful illustrations depicting his adventures,” although the story is somewhat disjointed and the explanation of evolution through natural selection is inferior to that in Darwin, which is “easy for children to understand and stresses that evolution happens over many generations.”